After the U.S. assassination of Qasem Soleimani, who was considered to have been the second most powerful individual in Iran, it wasn’t long before every possible version of the phrase “World War 3” was trending on Twitter. While it’s unlikely that war with Iran would be anything like the kind of conflict that has been labeled a “world war,” people were still feeling pretty freaked out and were coping in the usual way: With WW3 memes.
NEW COMMANDMENT:— God (@thegoodgodabove) January 3, 2020
Thou shalt not start World War 3 just to win an election because you are terrified of going to prison.*
*This commandment only applies to one person on the planet. So in all likelihood, dear reader, you're good.
The assassination has been roundly criticized by people who noticed that Donald Trump, who ordered the attack, tweeted multiple times claiming with absolute confidence that former President Barack Obama would start a war with Iran to boost his poll numbers and/or get re-elected in 2012. Obama never did, but in the election year of 2020, Trump fulfilled that prophecy himself.
Some experts have speculated that the U.S. public is too weary of the constant wars in the Middle East for this to boost support for Trump. This might be supported by the many memes about draft-dodging and the end of the world as we know it.
The bottom line is that you should be concerned, but you shouldn’t despair. If you are despairing, comfort yourself with some memes.
Depressed that 2020 has barely started and you had convinced yourself it was going to be a good one? Memes.
when i see world war 3 trending on twitter on the third day of 2020 pic.twitter.com/QBSc5PIj6h— ✵ (@itsKanuth) January 3, 2020
Me on my way to 2019 cuz 2020 starting off with World War 3 pic.twitter.com/RYdwa2fZWt— Aminé (@Animaxali) January 3, 2020
2020:— God (@thegoodgodabove) January 3, 2020
Jan. 1 : Pope Slap
Jan. 2 : “Peace on the world.”
Jan. 3 : WW3 begins
January 1st: Happy New Year’s everyone. 2020 is going to be lit.— Abran [̲̅$̲̅(̲̅5̲̅)̲̅$̲̅] (@Abran__James) January 3, 2020
January 2nd: World War 3 is going to happen pic.twitter.com/wf3EAZ4k6o
"2020 is THE year 🥂"— ahhhHhhh (@D_martinis17) January 3, 2020
Trending: World War 3
Me: 2020 is going to be my year— 🛸 (@Iovelydevil) January 3, 2020
World war 3: pic.twitter.com/1IxuvN88qE
2020 is gonna *Sees world war 3— Nico Hischier and Gio Urshela SZN (@Gio_Nico_SZN) January 3, 2020
be the best year trending 2 days
ever! Into 2020* pic.twitter.com/4YFdoWU45H
Worried about getting drafted? Memes.
frick dude from dankmemes
fuck equal rights, i’m not trying to get drafted for world war 3. put me back in the kitchen where i belong😌💅— Kalei (@KaleiRenay) January 3, 2020
Worried that you’re not cut out for military service? Memes.
I’m showing them this video when they try to draft me for World War 3 pic.twitter.com/yCBAFmEMRb— Saint Hoax (@SaintHoax) January 3, 2020
Worried about how video games will affect the quality of drafted U.S. troops? Memes.
My homie after I tried to 360 no scope a dude during World War III pic.twitter.com/qqNNYtQMdJ— y0ung⚓️ (@Y0ung_805) January 3, 2020
Me and the boys on the battlefield of World War 3. pic.twitter.com/SznTVlnmDO— Masahiro Sakurai (@Nin_SmashBros) January 3, 2020