The Vilayat-al Faqih, "Supreme Jurisprudent" Ali Khamein'i, has apparently issued a fatwa against nuclear weapons. This is serious. He is not only the leading theologian in Iran, he is the supreme commander of the armed forces and in effect the Head of State as well. It was he more than any other, through the Council of Guardians whose members he appoints, an equivalent of the Supreme Court, that the more moderate President Khatami was undermined. I am not a fan of the Iranian theologians, but I take Khamein'i's religiosity seriously enough to take seriously his fatwa. I would find it hard to believe that Iran would actually develop nuclear weapons with such a ruling in place while he is in his position.
Inscribed by Jason at 5:35 PM