The United States killed Iran’s top general Friday, which inspired a wealth of reaction on social media about the future of the world.
What’s going on: Global powers expressed worry and concern about the state of world affairs following the United States’ airstrike near Baghdad’s airport Friday, which killed Iran Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
The White House defended the strike in a tweet, saying Soleimani “was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”
France’s deputy minister for foreign affairs, Amelie de Montchalin, said on a radio program: “We are waking up in a more dangerous world. Military escalation is always dangerous. When such actions, such operations, take place, we see that escalation is underway.”
World War 3: The term “World War 3” began trending online Friday after the airstrike. Here’s a quick look at Google Search data showing the rise in searches related to the phrase.
Social media reaction: Twitter users immediately jumped in on the discussion, posting memes, GIFs and jokes about a potential third World War. Here’s a collection of them.
I know it’s a serious situation, but there’s room for seriousness and levity. The jokes have been hilarious. https://t.co/5GpjXScc8K— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 3, 2020
Me: 3rd at— عزيزة🌐 (@azizasalibr) January 3, 2020
2020 please I beg you 2020:
to be a good #WWIII
is trending pic.twitter.com/EPBgNm5hMF
The army checking peoples stats in COD to see who to recruit: #WWIII pic.twitter.com/9Qc6eWXOEA— Yoshyy Boyy (@jtorreslacen) January 3, 2020
Canada knowing the US is gonna ask for help. #WWIII pic.twitter.com/9aZUftuxxC— Biixby (@itsBiixby) January 3, 2020
#WWIII Me at the start of 2020 feeling like everything’s going great...— ... (@neptunesedge) January 3, 2020
January 3rd: pic.twitter.com/vUlQGWOlLL
Well... looks like we got the first meme of the decade #WWIII pic.twitter.com/Jf8QfuIMaH— TJ The DJ (@TJTheOGDJ) January 3, 2020
all of my personalities reacting to World War 3 memespic.twitter.com/wdbGyVOLv1— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) January 3, 2020
Extremely tough timing for Weight Watchers’ marketing department. pic.twitter.com/jObKOivBtz— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) January 3, 2020
“so before i get drafted into world war 3 you tryna come see me 👀” pic.twitter.com/VwmbYVrqyA— ferg (@CervixSaver) January 3, 2020