In the wake of news that a top-secret operation took out a top Iranian official, Iran has vowed to strike back at the United States which has sparked a World War III trending topic. While Iran’s threat should be taken seriously, many on Black Twitter have been cracking jokes in the face of impending doom.
Qassem Soleiman, the leader of Iran’s Quds, an elite fighting corps, was killed in an airstrike in Baghdad. Soleiman, according to almost all accounts, was only second in command to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. President Donald Trump cleared the way for the strike, which also took out Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a militia leader.
According to Ahmed al-Assadi, a spokesperson for Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Forces, a militia supported by Iran, confirmed the deaths, naming the United States and Israel as responsible.
“The American and Israeli enemy is responsible for killing the mujahideen Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qassem Soleimani,” al-Assadi said.
Many reports, including those from the U.S., say that the attack was a drone strike but Iran officials claim that the convoy carrying the men were struck down by armed helicopters.
Mohammad Javad Zarif called the act “terrorism” and many believe this will set the stage for the region going into further disarray and perhaps a war, thus the trending topic.
With the world on notice for a potential clash between the two superpowers, Black Twitter has decided that joking through the potential wave of destruction is the best way to deal with things. Since this morning, Black Twitter users have been relentless with the humor and perhaps doing so just to make sense of it all.
We’ve got the best reactions below.
This really how black twitter is during every national crisis pic.twitter.com/1fcYha8Vjm— Spooky Quez 👻💀 (@ThatBoyTonioTho) January 3, 2020
Too many people running in one direction https://t.co/P6bVyHOSXS— ToraShae (@BlackMajiik) January 3, 2020
Mexico looking at Americans hopping the fence to escape world war 3 pic.twitter.com/iWExOlzSOx— OluwaFarmer 🐐 (@oluwafarmer) January 3, 2020
BuzzFeed in 7 minutes: The World War 3 Memes From Black Twitter That Had Us Weak 💀— Big Boss (@LordBalvin) January 3, 2020
"Y’all don’t take anything serious. We could seriously be going to war with Iran any day now!”— Brad Jordan (@504carsonst) January 3, 2020
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I dont know why people thought black Twitter wasnt about to get these jokes off about #WWIII. Black folk even had jokes when they was IN the last world war lol. They spelled Hitler name on an artillery shell like it was a Starbucks cup 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/ScuxUWc61W— Cognoscente of Cognomens (@ShimminyKricket) January 3, 2020
Black Twitter: Your war should look like your water fountains did.... pic.twitter.com/AwXJpiPgDZ— ArisTHOTle (@Mr_Alexius) January 3, 2020
“We goin to war soon”— tj detweiler (@QuannyBeenJiggy) January 3, 2020
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“we really shouldn’t joke about the war-“— elijah ✨ (@elijahsalright) January 3, 2020
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It's WW3 stop tweeting and help us win!!— ArisTHOTle (@Mr_Alexius) January 3, 2020
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Everybody Else: Oh my god, WW3 is coming, we gotta fight this.— 🅐🅛🅔🅧||#BLM✊🏾|| sᴄʜᴏʟᴀʀ (@OnyxScholar21) January 3, 2020
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All of black twitter chillin in jail when we refuse to go to war pic.twitter.com/wv94VyBJ5s— In Jesus name no more cap (@butl3r__) January 3, 2020
Black Twitter not caring about World War 3 and making it a joke pic.twitter.com/FZB4bSvA6Q— 𝖘𝖍𝖎𝖓𝖎𝖌𝖆𝖒𝖎 (@knowimwrght) January 3, 2020
me and all of black twitter right now over world war 3 memes 🤣 pic.twitter.com/0urWPq3Qdq— 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑒 ☀︎︎☽ (@imchxrelle) January 3, 2020
U can ALWAYS depend on Black Twitter to make your ass laugh when something serious is happening pic.twitter.com/zrOZwHVIWz— July 19 (@212Lexus) January 3, 2020
It’s possible we finna enter world war 3— Seaux Leaux🕺🏿 (@PHaithfulGem) January 3, 2020
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