The killing of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in a US strike at Baghdad's international airport and Tehran's vow of “harsh retaliation” in response on Friday morning caused Twitterati, nervous about the possible outbreak of conflict between Washington and Tehran culminating in World War III, to do what they do best: post memes, pictures and videos on social media and get #WWIII trending.
Some lamented the poor start to the new year:
January 1st 2020: This is gonna be my year! Positive vibes!
January 3rd 2020: ‘World War III’, ‘Russia and China’, ‘US and Iran’ and ‘ISIS’ are all trending on Twitter
— Kane (@bigyikesdawg) January 3, 2020
Some jested about avoiding or refusing the draft:
Others speculated, tongue in cheek, how Germany, the major power responsible for World War II, must be feeling:
Many mocked themselves and their response to the trend:
— Cian (@LacaDrip) January 3, 2020
Some wondered if this was Trump's way of getting revenge for his impeachment:
And many, including this NYT reporter, remembered what Trump, then a private citizen in 2011, tweeted about his predecessor:
"There's Always a Tweet" feels flippant on a night like this. But given the president's mindset in this old tweet, it's hard not to wonder about his mindset in carrying out a drone strike to kill an Iranian general 48 hours into the 2020 election year. https://t.co/fFVtg4AhmP — Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) January 3, 2020
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Updated Date: Jan 04, 2020 10:04:21 IST