Palestinian political researcher Sheikh Ahmad Al-Khatwani said that the U.S. believes that by eliminating Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS), and the Muslim Brotherhood, Islam no longer poses a threat to it, but that there are other Islamic movements, and that "Islamic energy" of Muslims may explode at any moment. He made these remarks in a lecture delivered at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and aired on Hizb ut-Tahrir's Al-Waqiyah TV (Lebanon) on September 4, 2021. Al-Khatwani said that this is the reason that the U.S. has designated China as its "main enemy" today, rather than Islam. He referred to the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying it heralds the end of U.S. leadership in the world. Al-Khatwani added that the fact that "America is loosening its grip on the world" brings joy to the Islamic world. For more about Ahmad Al-Khatwani, see MEMRI TV clips nos. 8909, 8439, 7797, 7150, and 4811.
Ahmad Al-Khatwani: "There is a tremendous point of weakness that may have gone unnoticed by those who chart American policy. First of all, America is no longer the leader of the world. It is no longer the policeman of the world.
"The [American pullout from Afghanistan] heralds the end of America’s position as the world’s number-one country. It brings closer the autumn of America’s life. This brings joy to the Islamic world, because the country that tyrannizes the world is now loosening its grip on the world.
"America does not view the Islamic world as a threat today. It believes that it has eliminated the dangerous Islamic movements, like Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State organization, and has contained the so-called 'moderate Islamic movements.' This is America's evaluation. It does not realize that the Islamic world acts in a different way. After all, the Islamic movements are not just ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and the Muslim Brotherhood. There are other Islamic movements, who think of employing other means to bring about Islamic awakening. America does not necessarily know everything. America wants to corrupt Islamic society. It wants to bolster liberties, Sufism, and openness towards the West. But America is not mindful of the enormous Islamic energy that is stored within Muslims. This energy can cause an explosion at any moment. It can give rise to a huge movement in the Islamic world. This is why the U.S. has decided that its main enemy today is China and not Islam."