In this world, that IS the case. And in case you haven't noticed, these "higher powers" exist on BOTH sides. And they weren't just called "terrorists" for the heck of it, they have a history of actions that'd earn them that label, I am sure.
This world is far from an utopia, magic or not.
Also, if I were to judge an author's "political agenda" based on the fiction he/she writes...