I also think that the Western powers, including the USA, have been keeping the conflicts alive and fanning conflicts in many parts of the world. I also agree with you that removing "the 1%" from power would likely help.
But the other side of the story is probably more powerful than "the 1%." Think about some of the following:
1) The Western powers certainly took advantage of the Hindu caste system and of the Hindu-Muslim hatred in the Indian subcontinent. But did they create the Hindu caste system or the Hindu-Muslim hatred?
2) Did the Western powers create the Sunni-Shia divide/hatred among the Muslims? And how long is the Sunni-Shia hatred going on? Can you imagine how preposterous it is, for example, that people bloody their minor children or allow the children to do that to themselves, to remember the suffering of the founders of the Shia sect that took place some 1400 years back?
3) Did the Western powers create the ludicrous idea of a 'promised land' for the Jews? Isn't it absurd that Israel finds friends in the Western powers while the latter did not provide prime real estate in Europe for settling the Holocaust victims?
4) Did the Western powers create the idea of women being men's properties, sexual objects, maids and baby-making machines?
So, isn't the world way overdue on humans using their common sense and giving up the nonsense, injustice, hatred, and barbaric behaviors that come from what they think is their religion, which they really never got a chance to choose objectively? I am most frustrated with how the victims of the injustice and hatred of religions/cultures/traditions remain willing victims.