Trump orders airstrike that kills Iranian general; World War 3 Becomes a Threat?

General Soleimani was highly favored in Iran, causing major conflicts between the two nations

Andrew S.

General Soleimani was highly favored in Iran, causing major conflicts between the two nations

On January 3rd, 2020, President Donald Trump ordered the U.S. Air Force to send a drone strike to Iran. At the same time, Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was on a plane that was landing at the Baghdad International Airport. Soleimani was scheduled to meet and talk with the Prime Minister of Iraq, Adil Abdul-Mahdi. As the military general arrived, the drone was already lingering in the same area, and sure enough, disaster would strike. The drone, known as the MQ-9 Reaper, released several missiles into the air, and the missiles soon hit the Baghdad International Airport, resulting in two separate cars catching on fire, and 10 fatalities. When the bodies of the victims were uncovered under all the debris, it was confirmed that one of the casualties was Soleimani. As soon as the news broke, the internet blew up with reactions from all around the globe.

When word of the general’s death got around, panic ensued around the world, primarily in the United States, because of the high risk of a war with Iran inbound. People started saying that this is such a big event that this could be the start of World War 3. Many people flocked to social media, mostly Twitter, to express their concerns and personal opinions on the situation. Looking at the social media site a few hours after the attack would show that hashtags about World War 3, Qasem Soleimani, and Donald Trump were all trending. Other things were trending as well, like Pope Francis. According to Express UK, his name was trending because of something he stated a few years ago. He said, “Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction.” A lot of people thought he predicted the future, but that’s just a bit of far fetched speculation. Hashtags about Franz Ferdinand, the former Archduke of Austria, were trending as well. His name was trending because his infamous killing sparked World War 1, and many people believed that this would be a case of history repeating itself, and that Soleimani’s death would spark the 3rd, and most destructive World War. 

Even though the majority of people were full of fear, the news was spread through the internet. And on the internet, everything popular is bound to be made fun of. And the topic of World War 3 was not excluded from this rule. Just like the panic, internet memes were immediately made after the news was released. People made jokes about the draft, a process where men of legal age get forced to fight in the military if the U.S. starts running out of soldiers.