Within hours of Qassem Soleimani's assassination, the terms “World War III” and “WWIII” have been trending on Twitter.
People in the US are afraid they will be called to a potential new war, after the death of the Iranian official Qassem Soleimani by a targeted airstrike, conducted by the US, at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq, and threats from Iran’s leaders to seek revenge. Soleimani was the second-most important figure in Iran, after the Ayatollah Ali Khameinei.
The terms “World War III” and “WWIII” have been trending on Twitter, and the social network has been flooded with memes related to the possibility of being called by the federal government to participate in the armed conflict between the US and Iran.
In the past, the government has drafted citizens to join the army in five situations, such as WWI, WWII, the Cold War, the American Civil War, and the American Revolution. Nevertheless, the draft was abolished in 1973, and in 1980, the requirement of young men to register became the Selective Service System, but the truth is that many men do not register at all.
Iran faces the death of Soleimani
In Iran, thousands of people took to the streets in Tehran to condemn the US attack against the leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. They also chanted "Death to America."
Iranian cleric Ahmad Khatami, who led the prayers in Iran’s capital this Friday, said that “Americans will never enjoy peace of mind again after the killing of elite Quds Force chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani.” He even added: “I am telling Americans, especially Trump, we will take a revenge that will change their daylight into a nighttime darkness.”
Trump: "Iran never won a war"
President Donald Trump said this Friday that “Iran never won a war,” hours after the Ayatollah Khomeini threatened with a hard response to the attack.
“Iran never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!” said the US president on Twitter, who has frequently criticized the diplomatic efforts of Barack Obama, particularly the nuclear deal signed in 2015, and that Trump decided to withdraw from in 2018.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has started a round of talks with international governments, making it clear that the “US remains committed to de-escalation,” despite the recent attack.
The Pentagon said President Trump ordered the attack, because “General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more.” Most recently, Trump posted a low-quality image of the US flag on his Twitter account.