Saturday, February 18, 2006

Iranian Mullah's fatwa: Nuclear war A-OK with Allah

Iran's hardline clerics (are there any other kind still alive or not imprisoned over there?) have issued a fatwa to the effect that the possession of nuclear weapons and their use in combat is just peachy with Allah, Muhammed or whomever. The Guardian is reporting that a dissident Iranian website, called Rooz, reports that it picked up the news from the state-run Iranian news agency IraNews. (I can't find anything about this on either site.)

The fatwa came from Mohsen Gharavian, a disciple of the ultra-conservative Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi, who is widely regarded as the cleric closest to Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The fatwa stated that possession and the use of nuclear weapons "may not present a problem under Shariah" because "only the goal is important".

Massoud Osanlou, the leader of the bus drivers' union, who is leading a nationwide protest against the regime, the largest protest of its kind since the 1999 and 2003 student protests, was unable to comment because he
was arrested at his home by members of the Basij, the pro-regime militia, and had part of his tongue cut out as a warning to be quiet.
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