World War 3 memes erupt on Twitter as people fear NATO could invoke Article 5
As the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues, there are fears NATO could invoke Article 5 and World War 3 memes are now flooding Twitter.
Article 5 is a document that says “an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all”.
This means that if one member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is attacked, other members will step in to help.
NATO is a military alliance between 30 different member states that was established in 1949, during the aftermath of the second world war.
Talk of Article 5 is certainly scary, and lots of people are fearing this could be the start of World War 3. As usual, people are reacting with some light humor in dark times…
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Article 5 has only ever been enacted once, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and it’s now being discussed following a missile strike in Poland this week.
On Tuesday (November 15), a missile landed in the Polish city of Przewodow, which is on the Ukraine border, and many assumed it was fired by Russia.
The strike is still being investigated, but Putin has denied being to blame for the missile, which comes as tensions with Ukraine continue.
Russia invaded the country on February 24 2022 and the unrest has forced millions of Ukrainians to flee their homes.
Poland is a member of NATO, which has sparked fears that Article 5 could be evoked following the attack, but there are currently no plans to do so.
Enacting the document would mean all 30 of NATO’s member states would have to get involved, including the US and UK. However, it doesn’t automatically trigger war.
As always, people on social media are reacting to the seriousness with the only coping mechanism they know – humor.
Memes are now flooding Twitter as people fear that World War 3 could begin imminently if Article 5 is invoked by NATO.
People are seeing this as a major historical event, and they don’t want to be part of it:
The worst part is the World Cup starts in a few days:
When you’re laughing at the memes and remember you’re a young healthy male who would be called to fight:
Poland and Germany when they’re on the same side:
Please don’t let this be the start of World War 3:
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Talks of WW3 when Arsenal are top of the table:
Running away when the government try and draft you:
This is actually really scary:
Trying to stay calm right now:
Everyone holding back Poland so they don’t start WW3:
Thanks a lot for ruining the World Cup: