Sean Thomas

We need to find the muscle memory of western greatness

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Like millions around the world, I have spent recent days watching – sometimes forcing myself to watch – these images coming out of Afghanistan, as the nation has fallen to the triumphant warriors of the Taliban with their untamed beards and M4 rifles. 

They are the kind of images that come along once in a generation, but remain seared in the collective memory for decades.

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