While McKeown called for more us. involvement in brokering peace, Jones, the former Foreign Service agent, said the US. is a big part of the problem. "American policy has been distorted by partisanship for Israel since Lyndon Johnson became president in 1963 and overreach since Bush took over in 2000," Jones said."As a North American power, we should not be directly engaged as a party in any Middle Eastern country." Like the other panelists, Jones suggested the u.S. should call for a cease-fire. "We should exercise our position as the ranking world power in the interest of reducing bloodshed, but that's as far as it goes," he said. Jones said the Middle Eastern conflict is the inevitable "growing pains" of a divided region. He noted that Europe endured 1,000 years of civil war before it found peace, and the United States only created its "Edenic" society by vanquishing the Native Americans and fighting its own civil war. "There is no hope for a peaceful resolu- tion of the Arab-Israeli question or of the future of Iraq, for exanlple, in our time," Jones said. "If they are resolved, they'll be resolved by force.You have to accept that. "The Middle East suffers from a power vacuum. Filling that vacuum is going to be an extraordinarily chaotic and bloody episode;' he added. ''I'm not saying the Middle East is in for 1,000 years of civil war, because the Middle East hopefully can benefit ... from our experience." Jones said the US. might be able to has- ten peace in the Middle East ifit were to abandon military solutions to political problems. "We don't seem to have learned that les- son," he said, sparking applause from the audience. Though Hunt, the history professor, teased Jones throughout the evening for his pessimism, he agreed that current US. poli- cy is not helping the situation. "Trying to deal with these problems," said Hunt,"is an extremely tall order for any administration, and for the Bush adminis- tration, it may be mission impossible." •
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