World War III memes take off on social networks after US strike killing Iranian basic
Memes about an upcoming third World War went viral after stress in between the U.S. and Iran rose Friday following the killing of Iran’s leading military leader, Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad on Thursday.The hashtag”WWIII
” quickly started trending on Twitter in the U.S. with more than 1.92 million tweets utilizing the hashtag– much of them invoking memes about the capacity for another international conflict– since Thursday night. World War III-related videos, mainly focused around the possibility of a military draft, also began emerging on TikTok, a video-sharing platform popular among teens.However, memes
and social networks have contributed in the relations in between the U.S. and Iran for years.His remarks caused President Trump< img typeof ="foaf: Image"src= "https://thehill.com/sites/default/files/styles/thumb_100/public/trumpdonald_070117getty.jpg?itok=9AUlbYFH"width= "100"height=" 100 "alt= "" > Donald John Trump asks New york city judge to dismiss rape allegation case NYT to eliminate White House’s withholdment of emails about Ukraine help freeze Gabbard blasts Iran strike: ‘Trump’s actions are an act of war’ tweeting in all caps, “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES ONCE AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER EFFECTS THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.”
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES ONCE AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER REPERCUSSIONS THE SIMILARITIES WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A NATION THAT WILL REPRESENT YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & & DEATH. BEWARE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
In action to Trump’s tweet, Soleimani posted a picture on his since-suspended Instagram account of an edited film poster of the 2013 film “Olympus Has Fallen” with Soleimani standing in front of a blowing up White House.New CJL Report:
IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani, Designated By U.S. Treasury Dept., Is Active On Instagram; Posts Include Image Of White Home Blowing up https://t.co/9jP83VDsQ5 pic.twitter.com/ui8WA2is6z!.?.!— Steve Stalinsky(@SteveStalinsky)Later in that year, after pulling out
of the Obama-era nuclear offer with Iran, Trump– drawing motivation from the hit HBO series”Video game of Thrones”– tweeted an image of himself with the expression “Sanctions are coming,”a play on the show’s tagline” Winter season is coming.”pic.twitter.com/nk2vKvHuaL!.?.!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)A day later on, Soleimani reacted with his own “Video game of Thrones”
-inspired Instagram post: his
shape with the expression”I will stand against you”in the program’s signature font. Commander of the Islamic Transformation Guards Corps(#IRGC )#Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani reacted to #US President Donald Trump’s statement that ‘sanctions are coming ‘with a Game of Thrones-inspired meme of his ownhttps:// t.co/ 336UFrTL8E pic.twitter.com/5uh1qtQPMB!.?.!— Tasnim News Agency (@Tasnimnews_EN) Soleimani’s Instagram account, which had as lots of as 70,000 fans, was suspended in April 2019 after the U.S. officially designated the Quds Force, which Soleimani commanded, a foreign terrorist organization.The attack
on Soleimani raised worries in the U.S. that Iran
might tap its militias to target U.S. interests in action to the strike, particularly after Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed “extreme retaliation “over the killing.Soleimani was a long-feared adversary of the U.S., directing Iran-backed armed groups across the Middle East and beyond. He is suspected of being responsible, through Tehran-linked militias, for hundreds of U.S. casualties in Iraq given that the 2003 invasion. Tal Axelrod contributed
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