Islamic State Khurasan Sees US Decline from “Land of Free” to “Banana Republic”
The Islamic State Khurasan Province’s (ISKP) al-Azaim Foundation for Media Production published the 14th issue of its magazine, Voice of Khurasan, which includes an article titled “America: From the Land of Free to a Banana Republic”.
The article opens by criticizing the terms “One World Order,” “First World Countries,” and “Third World Countries”. They note that the last term implies corruption, poverty, illiteracy, injustice, and homelessness, among other features, followed by the familiar argument that any country categorized as “Third World” is in this state due to colonization and enslavement. It is also further argued that the term “human rights” was invented to pave the way for neo-colonialism. The term is manipulated according to the needs of world powers like the US, forgetting about it or using it selectively when it suits the “Power play”. ISKP adds that sometimes they fall into their own trap and accuse themselves of violating “human rights”. Therefore, they are members of the “Third World Countries”. The video highlights the hypocrisy of the West, adding that the US and its allies often fall into their own trap, abusing human rights and behaving the way they describe governments in the “Third World”.
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The Voice of Khurasan article then turns to the FBI raid in Mar-a-Lago, the resort in Florida owned by former US President Donald Trump whom they accuse of “gaining animalistic pleasure in butchering innocent Muslims of the third world countries.” They describe his condemnation of the raid, in which he said it was “An assault that could only take place in broken, third-world countries”.
Voice of Khurasan also mentions how Donald Trump Jr tweeted “This is what you see happen in 3rd World Banana Republics.” ISKP argues that these events are nothing new given the nature and history of the US. According to them, the US is no better than the “third world countries” the Americans look down upon. The jihadists describe America as an “oligarchic country who can choose its president who is a non-taxpaying billionaire running electoral campaign by the taxpayers' money and it is a country whose foreign policy is mainly dictated by the high-tech arms manufacturing corporations who test their weapons on innocent women and children of the third world countries”.
The Islamic State recalls it is not the first time that Trump has used this term to describe his own country. They highlight the 2020 election and Trump’s rhetoric when Joe Biden was announced as the winner. The group then gives a brief history lesson telling how the US was responsible for the creation of “banana republics,” only to overlook the aftermath of this “syndrome” in their own country.
ISKP proceeds to describe how the US has traits in common with the “banana republics” it criticizes, despite claiming to be a role model in global development and democratic values. Among these traits are poverty, inadequate healthcare, infant mortality, violence, and other indicators. ISKP quotes an inspector for the UN, Philip Alston, saying conditions in the US are “exceptional in ways that are shockingly at odds with its immense wealth and commitment to human rights.”
The article contrasts the military spending of the United States government with the “40 million people” living in poverty in America. This, ISKP says, is a hard fact to swallow for citizens of the Third World to whom the US is a dreamland.
ISKP says the US is hiding its domestic failure, describing it as a “direct outcome of their huge expenditure in global policing, especially on the Muslims of the third world countries.”
After describing the domestic situation inside the United States, the Islamic State tries to give some hope to its followers. They say that the situation in America is the historical calm before “the storm,” in this instance, an “Islamic Storm”. Going back to history lessons, the article talks about an Islamic Revolution in the times of the Prophet Muhammad. It was a silence of the masses living under tyrants. And those people accepted Islam in order to be rid of the oppression of the Romans and Persians.
The article says that “History repeats itself,” describing how Persia, Rome, and Andalusia were proofs of how ruling powers are unable to deal with frustrations as catalysts of a process of a power shift to the Muslims. They mention that Allah prepares the ground for things he wants to happen. ISKP mocks how US politicians, whom they describe as arrogant, are impotent when it comes to dealing with the repeat of Islamic history on their own soil. The group says that the “wind of change” is being felt in the US. Adding, the more that the US is involved in the global crisis on scarce resources, the faster it will come into a “banana state,” and the US will taste the repercussion of its “terrorism on the innocent Muslims of the “broken states of the third world.”