Medea Benjamin takes a logical approach to this question. She identifies ten things that the US is doing that are inflaming tensions in the Middle East and suggests that not doing them might reverse the situation. As she says, “This 10-point plan would significantly reduce terrorist threats, save taxpayers billions of dollars and make Americans more loved and admired in the world. After a decade of wielding the military stick, it’s time for some carrots.”
There is, however, a conspicuous omission in her list and that is that she says nothing about the situation that Israel has created with its occupation. As long as that sore continues to fester and the US is seen as enabling Israel in carrying out its land-grabbing policies, there will continue to be trouble.
But her list is still a good one. Will following those recommendations stop the attacks immediately? Of course not. Tensions are so high and feelings have been so inflamed by what has happened in the last decade that it will take a while for things to subside.