"...of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship."
"...the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
With the US interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt, and Syria (to some degree), it seems the out come is an increase in the foot hold of Al Qaeda. It seems all rather suspicious, since the fall of the communist threat and the irregularities in the events of 9/11. Saddam Hussein for example was fighting a growing terrorist threat and providing the western powers with important intelligence, and the US constant insistent and manipulation of the UN security Council to invade Iraq, seems to indicate a deliberate policy at the heart of the US administration to justify another conflict, knowing that a back lash would occur in the middle east eventually.
Also I'm sure they knew an increase in the terrorist threat would occur. Fear is a weapon and the freedoms of the people can slowly be eroded away, as a result of a self generated threat.