People are discovering new but often old identities and marching under new but often old flags which lead to wars with new but often old enemies.
written by Samuel P. Huntington in the book of ‘The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order’.
The passage have a context, it gives an example : Protest marches of 70k people ( holding Mexican flags) was held in the opposition to Proposition 187 in L.A. on October 16, 1994. Some people raised a question “Why do they hold Mexican flags and request America offer free education to them, they should hold American flags”. After a few days, people changed to hold American flags and this ensured victory for Proposition 187.
I'm confused of the phrase ’new but often old ’ meaning. Is there something possibly be new but often old? Or it may refer to something like fossil or about archaeology, something is discovered and exposed recently but actually exists for a long time?
Like a friend who you have known long 【often OLD】, but one day you have an argument with him and then he becomes an 【NEW】 opponent to you? Does this accord with the meaning of “new but often old”?