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The Assassination Of A Ruler Striving For Peace

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Few people would have expected young Sadat to grow up to be anything other than the small-town boy he was raised as, but while Sadat was still a child his grandmother entranced him with stories about the brave men who fought to free Egypt from the European tyrants controlling their lives (el-Sadat). Little did Sadat’s grandmother know that these stories, along with the pressure she placed on Sadat to gain an education, would one day influence Sadat to raise above his humble childhood, become the ruler of his county, and initiate a lasting peace with Israel. This peace was a result of the entirety of Sadat’s life and death. Over his many years Sadat transformed from a man training in the military to a refugee from the forces he once fought for and eventually to the ruler of Egypt.
Anwar al-Sadat’s parents gave birth to their son on December 25, 1918, in a small village called Mit Abul-Kum on the Nile Delta. Prior to Sadat’s birth, Mohammed el-Sadat, Sadat’s father, and Sitt-al-Barrein, Sadat’s mother, resided in Sudan. Sadat’s father worked there “as a clerk in a military hospital for the Egyptian army. When Sitt-al-Bar rein's pregnancy advanced, she was sent back to the little village on the Nile Delta to deliver the child.” (Kras) Sadat had twelve other siblings (Golley), four of whom were from the same mother (Kras). Sadat’s father had received a “general certificate of Primary Education” which was uncommon for lower class citizens in those days. (Alagna) His education allowed Mohammed el-Sadat to put Anwar sadat though school. Anwar Sadat got his basic education in reading, writing, and the holy book at the Koranic Teaching School. (Alagna) His family paid for him to attend al-Jami‘a Elementary and Raqi al-Ma Secondary School as well. (Lawson) Sadat then enrolled in the Abbassia Military Academy in 1936. While, in Sadat’s age, the sons of wealthy Egyptians made up most of the students in military academies, underprivileged students could still be accepted if they could find well financed benefactors to support them. “Sadat later recalled his experience with a patron: "The [patron] looked at my father and said very haughtily; `Oh, yes. You're the senior clerk of the Health Department, and that's your son....' It was an experience that has remained with me all my life. I don't think I shall ever forget it.'” (Anwar Sadat) Sadat was later posted to Manqabad. This position lead to Sadat’s first contact with people working against the European government in Egypt.
Sadat completed his third phase of school as the Nazi Party ascended to power. He aided the German war efforts “because the Nazis represented the downfall of numerous former European colonial powers, such as France and the Netherlands...” (Anwar Sadat) Sadly, in 1942, Sadat was caught aiding the Nazis and was promptly put in prison and removed from Egypt’s military. “While in prison, Sadat sustained himself with visions of an Egyptian revolution, in which Egypt's corrupt monarch and all...

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