After enduring what was a storm of harmattan breeze through the night, I eventually dragged myself up at daybreak to prepare for work in the cold. It doesn’t help that I battle with nasal allergies, as the minty breeze started to make my nose twitch and run. But I can’t complain. I absolutely love harmattan and the flu comes with the territory.
What I didn’t prepare for, however, was the mess that was my Twitter trend list.
As is custom, I jumped on Twitter once I opened my eyes and… I started to see something about World War 3. I checked the trend list and it’s looking like this:
Of course I immediately read up and apparently Mr. Trump had ordered a strike targeting and killing a certain Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani who is popular in the middle East for his fierce resistance to the United States’ international policies. Mr. Trump ordered the strike without consulting Congress, of course.
And now, there are drums and insinuations of a World War – the third of its kind.
Now, I’m not much of a historian but I know wars of any kind are not good. Nobody wins. Deaths, tears, pain and anguish; Wars only leave behind devastating consequences.
But is the thought of it fascinating? In this age of social media, very.
While the postulations of a possible World War 3 remain a stretch, if this global war happens, it’ll be the first in this digital age, after the last one ended in 1945. I don’t know what role Nigeria will play in the equation but imagine people live-tweeting and updating their statuses through the war as homes, industries and humans get blown to smithereens? Just imagine the apocalypse live on social media.
Not that we haven’t seen examples of this digital age vice in some war-torn countries but with a World War, it’d be even more dramatic.
Already, since the news broke, there have been hundreds of hilarious memes flying around about people emigrating and fleeing from the United States before the war begins; a typical example of what could be on show on the internet if the war actually happens.
“World War 3 is coming”
Me and the family heading back to the “shithole” country we came from: pic.twitter.com/BNbZHbaJeq
— davey🇬🇭 (@papikwaks) January 3, 2020
It is one of the joys of the internet.
With technology continuing to advance at an unprecedented rate, the complicated nature of conflict between countries and other actors only stands to become more convoluted. And having to view a World War through the screens of our gadgets would be us unlocking a new level of savagery as humans.
Let’s hope, and pray, that these postulations about a possible World War 3 are totally wrong. Already, I’ve had to make a panicky call to a friend in the US Army for reassurance over his safety.
Losing a loved one is one of the effects of wars. And it’s never nice.