Middle Easterners on Capitol Riots: 'Should We Invade the US?'

Published January 7th, 2021 - 11:27 GMT
Middle Easterners on Capitol Riots: 'Should We Invade the US?'
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Reacting to news of American's extraordinary certification day, as thousands of pro-Trump protestors stormed the US Capitol, Middle Eastern social media users remembered the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, sarcastically commenting that now "it is their turn to send in troops with the mission of restoring American democracy undermined by the attack".

Sharing satire news articles and using the hashtag #Iraqlaunchesinvasion, many Arab online commentators highlighted the irony in the events that took place in the US Capitol as the Congress met to certify the 2020 election results and officially announced Joe Biden as the next US President. 

By Thursday morning, US sources have reported a total of 4 confirmed deaths, all linked to shootings that took place during the attack.

As thousands of Americans broke into the building where both the US Senate and House were meeting, vandalizing its rooms and threatening people who were in it, online voices expressed immense shock, saying that such attacks threaten the democracy long celebrated by Americans. Many went on to say that even former US administrations have used it as pretext to justify military attacks against other countries, especially in the Middle East.

Sarcastic tweets wondered if Arab states, particularly Iraq, should consider sending investigative missions or even military forces to try and "rescue" America's jeopardized democracy.

Finally, some Twitter users noted that the event that was described by a number of US politicians as "a coup" echoes similar events that the US governments, including Democrat administrations, backed in the past when they took place in Venezuela and other Latin American countries.

 

 

 


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