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So the year just started and there’s already a threat of war. Trump decided that it would be a good idea to order a precision strike to kill a top Iranian commander, Qasem Soleimani. Iran wasn’t at all pleased with this and said “death to America” which they later clarified was mostly directed at the country’s leaders. The conflict didn’t stop there though.

As an act of retaliation, Iranian forces launched over a dozen ballistic missiles at two army bases in Iraq that contained U.S. troops, reported the Washington Post. Despite this, the United States is reported to have no intention of removing its troops from overseas countries, including Iraq.

Many people have been trying to make light of the situation by posting memes and jokes about the war, but there are lots of people who aren’t really seeing the humor in it. Someone not seeing the humor in these “jokes” was a soldier (@kiing_johnson on Instagram) shown wearing his Army uniform. It’s not stated exactly where he was currently located, but it was said in the video that he has been there since November 2019. “Y’all could post a good lil meme about being positive for us or praying for us,” the soldier said. “We are really going through this sh*t and a lot of us, we really not coming back.” Maybe people will start to take the situation more seriously now that someone who’s being directly affected by this tragedy is speaking out.

This isn’t a laughing matter and more people need to realize this. Many local students already do. “It’s not something to joke about because at the end of the day these are people’s lives are on the line to fight for our country,” said Rie’onna Holmon, a senior at Brooks College Prep. “Violence isn’t the answer. We’ve come so far and there are other options.”

Keith Edwards, a senior at South Shore Int’l College Prep, agreed with Holmon. “The memes are kinda funny, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a serious situation. People are gonna die. People have died [because of] this already.”

Personally, I’m really hoping people realize how serious this situation really is and begin to act accordingly. It’s all fun and games until someone’s loved one isn’t coming back and their life is changed forever.

This is something that’s hitting me pretty hard considering my dad is out in Afghanistan working. I rarely ever get the chance to see him because of it, and he’s all I’ve been able to think about since hearing the news about all of this. Pray for all the troops who are in the Middle East already and the ones being sent out to fight. Pray for the families of the soldiers that have lost their lives. Pray that things don’t get worse.

 

By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Brooks College Prep

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Cierra Lemott

Written by Cierra Lemott

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