British-Palestinian journalist Abdel Bari Atwan said in an interview with Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) on January 7, 2021 that America has turned into a banana republic and that it is on its downfall, much like the Soviet Union. He said that America that has always lectured the Arab world about democracy is failing the test of democracy. Atwan continued to say that the Americans wanted to fragmentize the nations of the Middle East but now they are facing very dangerous schisms. He added that White supremacists are trying to impose their aspirations on the American people and that during the storming of the Capitol, American security forces ran away from the protesters, while in contrast, the police used live ammunition against black demonstrators and killed them in cold blood. He asked: "Why is there such racial discrimination?"
Abdel Bari Atwan: "America has turned into a banana republic. In my view, this is the accurate description. The second point is that America, that has always lectured us about democracy, is now failing this test of democracy, when its 'elected' president is refusing to acknowledge the results of the presidential elections. The third point is that the U.S. today, in my view, is facing divisions and experiencing a collapse, which resembles the collapse of the Soviet Union.
"America today is divided and fragmented. It wanted to fragmentize the nations of the Middle East, and now it is facing very dangerous schisms. White racist [movements] are trying to impose their opinions and aspirations on the entire American people. [They operate] in contradiction to the customary procedures and the Constitution. This is a racist group of people who want to show their racial supremacy over the rest of the American people.
"We saw the storming of the Congress and saw the security forces running away from the protesters! Has this ever happened before in America, that the police run away from the protesters? Whenever the blacks demonstrate, we see the police opening fire, and killing in cold blood without giving it a second thought. Why is there such racial discrimination?"