Many good points made. Of course, to specify the U.S. and U.K. leaves out the entire colonial context of Europe--with the Spaniards carving out so much of South and Central America, and the French laying their military claws into Africa... Even Portugal got into the Conquistador Act.
As Goebbels pointed out, the average person has no interest in war. What has been known to shift the calculus--and this is largely true of human beings in general... not some unique flaw found primarily in the American psyche--is if a people believe themselves to be under attack.
That was what 911 satisfied. And the stable of writers who--as Mr. Baroud rightly defines--completely project their own nations' martial sins onto those being systematically victimized do so to ensure against the kind of naked reflection that would force a people to cease and desist from all the carnage.
It takes massive propaganda of the sort that titillates the lowest reptilian-brain responses to win support from The People. That's why the many posters who emphasize the degree to which some citizens have been "successfully propagandized" in lieu of the powers that are affecting all this propaganda win my ire.
IF we lived in a Democratic society where the citizens' genuine views counted into the calculus (and who could argue that now given the evidence of things like the essential extortion of citizens dressed up as a health "care" initiative, or the bailouts to the big banks without any real protections--to taxpayers--put into place, or Citizens United legalizing the purchase of the Presidency, added to TPP and TIPP which effectively anesthetize all standard laws of nations that are signatories of this insanity), then citizens' would have agency.
The same colonialism that marches into foreign lands and uses martial force to take over the people (that are left living) and resources uses the same tactics--if less intense--upon its own citizens. The Black Community certainly knows this, as do many Hispanics.
There are some very sick individuals who ARE part of a largely global system of governance. It controls policies of nations granting primacy to the corporations that make weapons, dig up oil, and run the money system.
It may be that if enough citizens understood and if enough citizens found ways to protest or just stop doing their jobs... that perhaps the War Machine with its corporate supporters would have to do something else. I am not so sure that such tactics would even work. The U.S. military is such a pervasive, intensively armed force... and it's done so much damage and spread so much CAUSE for retaliation that where prior to 911 it had no raison d'etre... through its own dark deeds it's shifted the calculus considerably. In other words, it's made inflamed conflict (and blowback) more inevitable.
I watch the mentality here in the Deep South; and I have shared this observation before. The families of the old klan continue to hate Blacks not because of any flaw in Black persons, but rather, that they can't take ownership of their own family members' brutality. Thus this "shadow," as Jung defined it, must be projected onto the group that's been targeted.
I see this same psy-ops at work across the Arab lands. First of all, 911 was an inside job. When that truth is fully regarded, then it becomes obvious that no Arab did any violence to our nation. The U.S. military imported Nazis and many of its policies--particularly the one that demonizes an entire race--comes from that source as do the emphases on massive surveillance, the border guards, and the general awe applied to soldiers and the make-war machinery of state.
Peace-loving persons have always been terrorized by militarism. The tools at OUR command are not those that necessarily stop armies; and THAT is the problem.