Tensions have reached an all-time high between Iran and the USA leading to a missile strike from both sides and name-calling on Twitter. This hostility goes way back but the recent escalation can be traced back to Iranian-backed Kata’ib Hezbollah militiamen attacking the US embassy in Iraq. The US in response killed Qasem Soleimani, head of Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force.
Trump then went on Twitter and does what he’s been doing since getting keys to the White House. He tweets this!
That, of course, didn’t sit too well with the Iranian government, so in response, they attacked US bases in Iraq with a bunch of North Korea made missiles. Meanwhile, Iraq is shitting its pants for the fear of being stuck in the crossfire between the US and Iran.
Soon after an Iranian official posted a picture of Iran’s flag mocking Trump’s theatrics.
The biggest takeaway from all this is that the Iranian flag is of higher resolution. Imagine these dudes sitting at their desk, on their phones, thinking angrily “wtf is that supposed to mean asshole?” and then looking for an expensive missile they can throw at each other while struggling to find a high-quality picture of their respective nation’s flags off of Google. It’s honestly the weirdest of timelines.
Twitter, as is often the case, became a cesspool of ill-informed users calling each other names and spewing vile. People started posting flags and cheering for their respective ‘sides’ as if it is a public roast or a sports event oblivious to the fact that it is rather cheering for death. But that’s what happens when there is a huge disconnect between the ground reality and what is perceived through a screen.
This whole ordeal is a Black Mirror episode come to life. With Official statements of war being declared on twitter, days of war being live-streamed are not very distant.