Abdel Bari Atwan: "I lean toward believing the conspiracy theory that claims that America is the source of this virus and that it delivered it to the Chinese city if Wuhan, which has a population of 55 million people.
"The great spread [of the disease in the U.S.] proves that this is a local virus rather than an imported one. America is no longer the superpower leading the world. It is no longer the world's leader. It has been defeated by a small virus you can hardly see with a microscope, so how can it lead the world? Besides, how can it lead the world considering its criminal heritage? What is America's heritage in the world? Its heritage consists of the laying of sieges, that starvation and stifling of peoples, and the supporting of fascist regimes, first and foremost of which is the Israeli regime. That's the story. Who supports the racist Israeli regime? America and Trump. Whoever wants to lead the world should set a moral, humane example. How can America lead the world when it wages wars, spreads germs, plagues, and viruses, and besieges and starves nations? How does it expect to lead the world? No! We don't want such leadership. Let China rise. Welcome. It won't be worse than America.
"We denounce all the violations against our brothers, the Uyghur Muslims, but [China] is now saving the world. It has sent a fleet of airplanes to Italy, to save the Italians. It has also sent [aid] to the French, Algerians, Moroccans, and Lebanese. It has not rejected anyone's plea for help. Also in Africa. The Chinese have shown their human face. Are we supposed to say to them: 'Go to hell. You are communists'? Communists? Shanghai is the largest capitalist city in the world. In any case, America's leadership of the world is over. It's completely diminished. Let it go to hell. We don't want it.
"I am telling you, the coronavirus starts the countdown of the end of the American empire. May Allah never let it return. We don't want it. We don't want its leadership. [America] is the country that brought destruction upon us."