So these wars are not right wars, righteous wars. No. They are play of the diplomats, politicians--they engage. When they cannot manage things very nicely, they engage people into war. That's all. Divert the attention. But war is not meant for that.
[Bhagavad-gita Lecture 2.32 London, September 2, 1973]
Just like at the present moment the politicians, as soon as they see that they cannot manage things, in the country there is confusion, they declare some war so that the whole attention may be turned that side, and there will be no agitation of the internal dissatisfaction. This is diplomacy. This is diplomacy. We have seen it in Pakistan. As soon as they cannot rule over, they cannot, but they (indistinct), "Oh, the Hindus are our enemy. Kashmir, he has taken." Attention is diverted and they declare war, and again become defeated. So this kind of war is not required. This kind of war is not required.
[Srimad-Bhagavatam Lecture 1.15.25-26 Los Angeles, December 4, 1973]
So the American government plan and execute the disaster in New York then blame it on Bin Ladden who is in Afghanistan. Next they invade Afghanistan and take over the country so it will be convenient for them to fight with the Russians.
Srila Prabhupada says below that the Third World War was already started around 1975 but the Americans are just taking some time to get themselves positioned on the Russian border. It looks like they have now diplomatically arrange things so they can do that.
  "Americans want this place
 to fight with the Russians"
Prabhupada: ...situation. The... Why America is after this Pakistan? This requires little intelligence. The America has no interest either in Pakistan or India, but both of them, being on the border of Russia, it will be convenient for them to fight with the Russians from these places.
Devotee (1): Through Pakistan.
Prabhupada: Do you follow? You have seen Indian map, eh, Asian map? Have you got any?
Devotee (1): Yes, India and Pakistan are right at the bottom of Russia.
Prabhupada: Yes. They want this place.
Devotee (1): The Russians.
Prabhupada: Russ... No. Americans.
Devotee (1): Americans.
Prabhupada: Americans want this place to fight with the Russians. So if American comes directly in India, that "We want to fight," then India would not agree. Therefore they're keeping with these foolish rascals, Pakistan. And they're insulting. They're... Not insulting. They're naturally enemy of... not to let them... The Vietnam and everything, Korea, all these things. Not to allow the communists to become very powerful. That is American political policy is going on. And the presidents may change, but the national policy cannot be changed. Therefore they want fighting between Pakistan and India. So Russia... Actually that happened. Russia will come to the help of India. That arrangement is already there with Indira Gandhi. Naturally they'll come to help Pakistan. And then between the big two.
Devotee (1): That's why you said this morning that India will suffer more than any other country.
Prabhupada: Yes.
Bhagavan: The last time there was a war between Pakistan and India the American government put their whole fleet and aimed their guns at India.
Prabhupada: Yes. They wanted to help Pakistan. But when the Russian came, they took time. Otherwise, fighting would have begun at that time.
Devotee (1): So it almost happened one time before.
Prabhupada: Maybe that Nixon thought: "If some settlement can be done, without fighting..." Therefore he went to Russia.
Devotee (1): Yes.
Prabhupada: Later on. He went to China also.
Bhagavan: Yes.
Prabhupada: But they are uncompromising. The communists, they, they are staunch enemy of the capitalist. Their whole philosophy is against God and against capitalism. So if America becomes Krsna conscious and fights, they have got strength plus God's blessing. They'll come out victorious. Fight is going on. We cannot stop. But if the American people take to Krsna consciousness and fight with the communist, they'll come out victorious. Then the menace of communistic movement will stop. And we want that. We want that these demonic communists should be finished. The Russians, as people, they are not communists. They are not communists. A certain class. Just like in India, a certain class is communist. The mass of people is not communist. They cannot become communist. It is not possible.
Devotee (1): It is not natural for the living being to be communist.
Bhagavan: Atheistic communist.
Prabhupada: Atheistic communist.
Devotee (1): It's not natural.
Prabhupada: They, they're not real communists. Real communist we are. Actually see. All people from all parts of the world, professing different religions, different path of life. Still they are joined. This is natural. Krsna community.
Devotee (1): So this war... You mentioned a couple of minutes ago that this war almost broke out once before when America aimed all of its weapons at India. So it could happen at any time. It could happen very shortly then.
Prabhupada: That war was also Russian instigated. This war, last war between Pakistan and India, was practically between India and Pakistan, uh, yes...
Devotee (1): Russia.
Prabhupada: No. The Bangladesh, they were Bengalis. Although the whole Pakistan, including Bangladesh and the other part, West Pakistan, East Pakistan, Bangladesh... So actually, Bangladesh is bigger than West Pakistan. They should have taken the government, majority. But the West Pakistan, by force they were ruling. They are not majority. So after all, they are Bengalis, maybe Muslim. They're intelligent than these Punjabis. Punjabis, they have got bodily strength, not brain. So these Bengalis, in Mujjhamat Raman, that was his demands, that: "We are majority. Why they should govern us? We should govern over them." This is the movement. So, but they're already in power. So how to throw them out of power? So he negotiated in India, that: "You help us to seperate from..." And India's interest is that Pakistan becomes weak by separation, that is India's interest. So India agreed to help them. How to help? They organized a false, er, soldiers. You know? What is called? Bahini. Mean a freedom soldier. They organized freedom soldier. And India consulted Russia. Russia was friendly, that: "We want to help Bangladesh." So they said: "Yes, you help. If there is fight, then we shall help you." This was the... So these bahini, sanan bahini, sandana bahini, or something like that, they organized, "freedom soldiers." The freedom soldier means Indian soldiers. They entered Bangladesh because East Bengal, West Bengal. And they started this freedom soldier. But this is Indian soldier. Pakistan could understand that, that where this Bangladesh will get so nice soldiers? It is Indian soldiers. So when the movement was increasing, then Pakistan was in a very precarious condition. So they wanted American help. The Americans also said: "Yes." So they got American planes, American... to crush down this Bangladesh. And the Bangladesh means Indian soldiers. So later on it was discovered. So Pakistan attacked directly India. That was to go on, increase. But when the Americans were helping, these Pakistani, the Russians also came. So it was going to be a, the same, Third World War, immediately. So Americans considered something, that: "Let us take some time." Therefore the war was stopped. Otherwise it was already started. That policy is going on.
Devotee (1): There's been no change. Just...
Prabhupada: Therefore Indian government does not like you Americans.
Devotee (1): Indian government. Yes.
Prabhupada: And they're making propaganda. They're thinking that the Americans, under the dress of religious people, the C.I.A., they have come to disrupt. And this is the position.
Devotee (1): So everything is the same as it was then. It's just the war, the actual fighting has been postponed for some time.
Prabhupada: Yes. That is the...
Bhagavan: Do we have any danger that...? I mean we are building such important establishments in India. Do we have any danger...?
Prabhupada: There is no danger internationally. Suppose... Just like the Buddhists. They have got their all pilgrimages in India. Because Lord Buddha is Indian. He spread Buddhism all over the world. So all the Buddhist relics and pilgrimages are in India. Gaya Pradesh and other, Benares... So India government allow them free, freedom to come here as pilgrimage. So you are now Vaisnava. Why they should not allow you to come to your pilgrimage in India, Caitanya Mahaprabhu's birthplace? You have adopted Lord Caitanya, Lord Krsna's birthplace. Legally, they cannot. They should, rather, make arrangement. But, from political point of view, they're thinking that "These Americans have taken to this religious garb. Actually they are intending something political." That is the general impression. C.I.A. What can be done? Therefore I was stressing this point that you Americans, if you make your country strong, Krsna conscious, that will be good for the whole world. Actually you are doing that, but they are misunderstanding, in a different way. They cannot believe that an Indian guru can control so many American young boys on religious prin... Because nobody could do that. Just like all other, Mahesha Yogi and... He, they might have some American followers, but they are not coming here, taking so active part.
Devotee (1): Most of them, if they come here...
Prabhupada: But they haven't got any philosophy... Eh?
Devotee (1): Most of the followers of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi or these other gurus, if they come to India, it's just to go into the Himalayas and smoke some ganja...
Prabhupada: Yes.
Bhagavan: They are not dramatic like our movement. Our movement is very dramatic and obvious.
Prabhupada: Yes.
Bhagavan: And we're an obvious cultural movement, whereas they are a hobby.
Prabhupada: Hobby. That they can understand. So on account of this political situation, the government is not very favorable to our movement. But we have to counteract it by our behavior, by our propaganda. It is not difficult if you do it very nicely. We opened this college program, that foreigners should come here, then it will be solved. If it is recognized by the university and you come, you people come as students, then the whole situation will be solved.
Devotee (1): Here in Mayapur.
Prabhupada: Hm. (end)
 [S.P. Room Conversation April 4, 1975, Mayapur]