Fair enough. So I've heard some refer to this stage as the second crypto wars, and even among those who are fairly well informed such as Bruce Schneier, I've heard the terminology shift. While it's pretty obvious the struggle was never "won" in the '90's, there is some added tension now.
Those who do not want the general public to use strong crypto are digging in their heals, and many people who didn't know or understand what the struggle was about before actually have more knowledge of the stakes.
The FREAK exploit seems to me more a sad commentary on people not taking security seriously. In a lot of areas crypto is just a checkbox for the devs. I don't think it's really a sign of the crypto wars at all, just humans doing what's easy, as usual.
So, what of any of this has to do with the FBI changing it's recommendations? I don't think properly defining where / when the "wars" started really distracts from the fact they are suddenly dropping crypo from the guidelines.