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telegraphindia.com 06 Sep, 2021 01:45 am

The endurance of the American Dream

The endurance of the American Dream
The endurance of the American Dream

America is not simply a territory but a metonym for the West and what we associate with the West.The images impose themselves on familiar untroubling scenarios, and others that don’t trouble us because we don’t think about them.The desperate crowds outside Kabul airport are qualitatively different from the old overnight queues and today’s online wait-lists at visa offices; but is there a visceral link somewhere?We were shaken to see parents handing over their children to strangers across the wall at Kabul airport.

Very many of their Afghan workers and supporters (including those holding citizenship of Western countries) are left facing calamity, having passed their sell-by date.For all these groups, citizenship of a Western country is an unquestioned asset for their otherwise contentious agendas.

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