I agree it is about imposing your will upon another, from the standpoint that the other person wants to cause me harm and I don't want them too, so I will exert my will in a manner that is sufficient to exert my will over their will, doing whatever is necessary.
If we define will
as thoughts...then there would be no will imposed because Aikido requires no thought.
If someone is really trying to cause another harm; my interpretation of Aikido is what ever works is the response. The right or wrong may be discussed by others afterward.
Preying on people's fear by making oneself seem omnipotent could be misleading. Sometimes we are alone and it doesn't matter how much aiki we have. The best response comes from within as we pay attention to now.
No matter how many times or ways it is said there are many paths and all are valuable.