Egyptian President Anwar Sadat had described Iranian Revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as a lunatic filled with hatred.
CU AND SV: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat speaking in English (3 shots)
SADAT: "The man is a lunatic, really, because he is full of hatred. Islam never preaches hatred at all. The country now is in chaos. And he has taken power last February, about 11 months ago, and Iran is one of the richest countries in the world. They have a revenue of more than 250 million dollars a day, you can build a villa and a car for every citizen there. Instead the country is in chaos, no one rules, there is no government, and then this hostage, this disgraceful thing that has taken place, especially when there have been women among the, for the sole reason that he wants to place himself a revolutionary against the United States. What has the United States to do with Shah? The Shah has left Iran and he is now a sick man thousands of miles out of Iran. I can't understand him, he is a lunatic. He is not a moslem, I can say it because I am a moslem. Where will iran be heading, no one knows. But we can know one fact: and destruction."
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Background: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat had described Iranian Revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as a lunatic filled with hatred. The President's comments were made in a French television interview on Saturday (22 December). Mr Sadat said he did not understand Khomeini, he was not a moslem, and his country was in chaos, faced with anarchy and destruction..