The Cuban missile crisis of 1962 was the turning point that shaped the world until the fall of he Berlin Wall in 1989. But some of the features of that world, the world of “co-existence”, remained until now. Some areas turned to be of exclusive intervention for each super-power: Eastern Europe to the USSR, Latin America to the USA. Each one supporting its “own bastards” with just a rhetoric condemn from the other part.
But some areas in the African and Asian former colonies remained a field for active geopolitics games. The Arab/Islamic countries (the “Umma”) changed from side to side just to be deceived an manipulated each time. So, the USSR flattered the “Arab socialism” of the Nasser-like military nationalism (or progressive bonapartism in trotskyst language). The false intelligence information provided to Nasser (that Israel was about to invade Syria) helped him to jump into the abyss of the 1967 war. Anwar El Sadat took note of this and expelled the Soviet military aids before launching the 1973 offensive to regain the Arab lost honor. Doing so, he earned the right to sign the recognition of Israel with dignity and to receive his share of financial aid from the new American patron.
Suddenly, military dictatorships came to be seen as strong democracies. Radical Islamist groups, once courted as partners in the fight against communism, became despicable fanatic hindrances, sources of terrorism and straw-men to justify the support of corrupt, oppressive regimes.
Now, the scenario has been shaken by a new generation fed up with this sinister comedy. Their demands are vague in political terms but pragmatic in regard to their daily lives: they want freedom of expression, jobs and a word in the conduct of affairs. Above all, they demand a sense of Reality.