The Reith lectures this year are all about why we go to war. Not the reasons we give, the reasons behind the reasons we give. There is no tribe we know about that has not fought other tribes and no tribe we know about that has not had ‘traditional’ enemies. I heard a philosopher say one day when talking about world war two ‘men love to fight and women love warriors’.
In his opinion that meant war would always be with us. It always amused me that we had theories of a just war and it bemuses me that no one, given the DNA evidence now with us, seems to have realised that all wars have been civil wars as we are all cousins.
But I have to agree with those who tell us we like war. There is a wicked freedom in war to be who you want to be without rules. There is a violence we admire and there is a voyeurism of not being one of the dead but walking away. We do have a blood lust that killing animals in their billions does not sate.