This Day in History — Anwar Sadat Murdered by Muslim Radicals

sadat3.jpgOn October 6, 1981 Egyptian President Anwar Al-Sadat was assassinated during a victory parade by religous radicals within his own army.

Sadat maddened Islamic extremists for his talks with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and his recognition of Israel in return for the economically vital Sinai Peninsula. Sadat was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in 1978 with Begin for achieving this framework of peace at Camp David.

Also important in the course of this military disengagement was the statesmanship of Richard Nixon who initially deployed his National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger to act as a mediator between Egypt and Israel, effectively establishing the doctrine of shuttle diplomacy.

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