Rulers seek to rule. Ruling is not a side-issue; it is not a bi-product. It is their very purpose. It is the reason why they ran for elected office.
The Freedom Fairy
“the most natural tendency seems to be to irrationally hope that the Freedom Fairy will come along, wave the magic wand, and send the country back to a time when most everyone worked for a living”
All It Takes Is a Slipup or a Nudge
Just prior to a war, the majority of people in the nations that are about to become involved tend to assume that another nation is threatening theirs, whist their own leaders are doing all they can to avoid conflict. This is almost never the case.