Khamenei’s Fatwa against Nukes (Cenk Uygur Rant)

Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks on the progressive network Current TV gives us an insightful rant on Big TV News’ lack of interest in Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s fatwa declaring making, stockpiling and using nuclear weapons a sin. He points out that you almost never hear about this fatwa on television news, and performs a thought experiment. How often would a fatwa to the opposite effect have been mentioned?

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    • It was repeated just a few days ago by the nuclear negotiator Jalili.

      In reaction to the just completed round of nuclear talks between Iran and the West, Iran’s chief negotiator Jalili has described Khamenei’s fatwa calling nuclear arms “haram” (morally forbidden) as having “created an opportunity for concrete steps toward disarmament and non-proliferation.”

      Jalili’s statement prepares the way in Tehran for nuclear compromise as the morally correct and politically correct way forward, if only the West will make some effort to present attractive offers couched respectfully. Tehran has clearly stated, in American language, that compromise is “on the table.” This is a hugely significant statement for an extremely hostile and surely somewhat nervous regime that has been struggling since its inception for independence from Western domination. For more, see link to

      Cenk Uygur’s thought experiment was a brilliant way of exposing the standard American bias on the issue.

  1. Mr. COle: Khamenie is a liar and far from being a true muslim. He is not even a ‘marja’. Many respected and truly Shia ayatollahs don’t consider the ruling leadership in Iran either as muslims or Shia.

    • An interesting point. If Khamenei is lying or not a “true Muslim,” does that change the political situation for him? He wishes to be seen domestically as the top representative of Islam, does he not? If that is the case, how can he violate his own fatwah without losing significant domestic political credibility and legitimacy? Further, does it not follow that violating his fatwah would undermine the domestic legitimacy of the Shi’i Republic? In its competition with other factions (e.g., the younger generation of officers who fought the war against Saddam), would the clergy not be somewhat reluctant to do this?

  2. Cenk is absolutely correct. We never here about the Khamanei fatwa against nuclear weapons and if there was a fatwa in favor we’d hear it all the time (as we’ve heard about the fatwa against Jews and Crusaders, etc. over and over).

    That being said, I don’t think Khamanei has any credibility as a religious leader, honest leader, or human being. He lies, kills and deprives his people on a daily basis. What’s another lie?

    He rigs elections, arrests and tortures his people, supports terrorism around the world, and arms U.S. enemies in Iraq and Afghanistan to kill Americans, but we should take his word on this?

    That doesn’t mean we should go to war with Iran. That doesn’t mean Iran is seeking nuclear weapons. That doesn’t mean that even if Iran had a nuke it would use it.

    But let’s not be naive about the ruthless nature of the Iranian regime and its despicable leader.

  3. Was he being serious or a satirist when he said “we gave Iraq freedom” Americans can be so dumb but then again, most watch CNN & fox news to jeep them ignorant & dumbfounded

    • Well he used air quotes on “freedom”, that would imply sarcasm.

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