Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene may have accidentally promoted an anti-war message on Twitter by tweeting out the lyrics to the song “99 Red Balloons” in response to the alleged “Chinese spy balloon” that was shot down from U.S. airspace on Saturday.

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On Friday, Greene, doing her best to make a massive scandal out of this along with her colleagues, tweeted that “there are 3” and then posted some of the lyrics from the song, originally titled “99 Luftballons,” by German band Nena.

What she seems to have entirely missed, even from the English translation of the lyrics, is that the song is about humans destroying themselves via unnecessary panic over balloon-related shenanigans.

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“FYI Marjorie: The song 99 Red Balloons is about children releasing balloons in the air and countries overreacting and starting a nuclear war that destroys the world,” wrote comedian Jason Selvig.

This is quite a fine point from Selvig/Greene, as there have already been alarms ringing from people concerned that the hysteria over a single balloon, which China has claimed was civilian aircraft blown off course, could be used to foment war. Greene’s comment that there are now three such balloons confused many, as there does not appear to be any evidence that additional balloons have been spotted since Friday — but there is some news related to three Chinese balloons over the U.S.

According to reports, a senior administration official has said that three “surveillance balloons” from China flew over U.S. territory while Donald Trump was in the White House and just didn’t make it publicly known. (Trump has denied this, but we all know what his word is worth.)

The Trump administration allegedly took weeks to decide what to do about these vessels, but may not have had time to try and shoot them down because they were only in U.S. airspace for short periods of time. This latest balloon went all the way from Idaho to South Carolina before being downed by a very expensive missile, drawing criticism from leftists who feel that this was an unnecessary act of aggression, and anger from China.

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“China will resolutely uphold the relevant company’s legitimate rights and interests, and at the same time reserving the right to take further actions in response,” said China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

They further called the destruction of the balloon “an obvious overreaction and a serious violation of international practice.”

This entire development is not being well received by people looking to avoid nuclear war when just over a week before the balloon was destroyed, a four-star Air Force general sent out a memo predicting war with China by 2025. Fears of military conflict with the rival nation have been growing for years now, including worries that it could escalate into another global war during a time of way too many nuclear weapons.

Therefore, there is a remote possibility that Rep. Greene will have accurately predicted humanity’s demise via radioactive apocalypse sparked by balloon popping. It sure is fun living in These Times.

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*First Published: February 6, 2023, 12:26 pm