October 20, 2021
General News

Humiliation and the politics of masculinity

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the U.K. (by extension, the U.S.) can be “extremely proud” of its role in Afghanistan and insists the British forces’ sacrifices have not been in vain. With 24 years on the job, Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, had said that arrogance and preaching are two prominent American features in reference to U.S. President Barack Obama’s now-infamous 2009 Cairo speech. By extension, we can attach these two traits to the United Kingdom too: You may be dying but, as an old Turkish saying puts it, one needs to put one’s tail up!

Even when you are leaving (nay, when you are running away with your tail between your legs after laying waste to Afghanistan for 20 years), you still prove American political commentator Thomas Friedman right. Roxanne L. Euben in her 2015 article titled “Humiliation…

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