On April 14, 2020, Egyptian-American political analyst Magdi Khalil appeared on Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar). He said that Middle Eastern "ideologues" have been heralding the decline of the U.S. and the West for decades. He also said that these ideologues act with no brains or conscience by talking about the fall of the U.S. and the rise of China, adding that there is no way China could become an alternative to the West. He argued that the West is the greatest civilization in history and that it has been responsible for every great advancement in the past 500 years, whereas China has contributed nothing. He referred to the United States as the leader of the free world and as an "empire of democracy," and he added: "The world would be in total chaos without America."
Magdi Khalil: "In the past 25 years, since 1996, in over 300 episodes of your show, the ideologues of the Middle East have been heralding the destruction of the U.S., the fall of American, and the decline of the West. They have been (spreading) conspiracy theories about American... It's all about America. The ideologues in the Middle East act without brains or conscience, and they say things that completely contradict reality, in order to gain support for their vision of the collapse of the West and America. Your own show has been documenting this for the past 25 years. They have been talking like this for the past 100 years. Since the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, we have encountered people talking about the end of American and the West. Every time... On 9/11, in 2008, in 1928, in 1917... Each and every time, they say that American will fall and that China is on the rise.
"By no means could China become an alternative to America and the West. There is no such thing as China. What have they done for humanity? Since 1492, Western civilization has dominated the world – ever since the (great) geographic discoveries and the liberation of Spain. For five centuries, everything in the world has been made by Western civilization. The toilets in which you pee, the neckties, the eyeglasses, the suits, the shoes, the socks, the technology, the iPad, Skype, social media... I am telling you, everything in the world is the product of the great Western civilization – the greatest civilization in the entire history of Mankind. American is the leader of the free world, and it has been the leader of the great Western civilization for the past 75 years. It is called the empire of democracy, the leader of the free world. In the history of Mankind, there were only Pax Romana and Pax Americana. In the past two or three years, America has reduced its (international) involvement, and the world is begging it to intervene again. The world would be in total chaos without America. China cannot be an alternative to anything."