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The fire in the ashes of America's Afghanistan defeat

Anniversary of 9/11 attacks reminds what was lost and can still be won

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U.S. Marine Corps guide evacuees on to a military aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Aug. 21: departing along with the U.S. forces were the hopes of the universal applicability of Western modernity.     © U.S. Marine Corps/AP

Satoshi Ikeuchi is professor of religion and global security at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo.

America's 20-year war in Afghanistan has ended. 

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