We are itching for war because at least it displays power, displaying it the only way we know how.
I think that one of the reasons that the powers that be are itching for war, is because the perpetrators suffer no consequences to themselves. the suffering happens over there, far away. And even if there are casualties amongst our troops, those who suffer will be overwhelmingy, the victims and not the perpetrators.
It is not really a fight if the schoolyard bully terrorises another child, or the police hold down and tazer a citizen. Ask the police or the bully to stop. Why should they, because the perpetrators are are not hurting at all. Instead, they are having a good time.
It is not really a war if the empire and its jakals cause immense suffering amongst millions by destroying yet another country using its superior weaponry so long as there are very few consequences to themselves back here. Its not really a war. Its called having a good time, and being glorious heroes while they are doing it.
P.S.: Careful with the "we" word, when you post on CD. It may save you having to type a few words, and the reader from having to read them, but it is contentious here on CD. Sentences could be misinterpreted when removed from their context.