The year before, Russell blasted Barack Obama for saying that troops should be withdrawn from Iraq.
“The police seem to have withdrawn everywhere in Cairo,” he said.
His rage was his own, and it must have been building in him those years when he was so quiet and withdrawn.
early 13c., "to take back," from with "away" + drawen "to draw," possibly a loan-translation of Latin retrahere "to retract." Sense of "to remove oneself" is recorded from c.1300.