Is a cultural misinterpretation of symbology at the root of the failure for hearts and minds in U.S. foreign policy.
According to the media the U.S. military campaign for hearts and minds through social interventions is failing because of a lack of shared cultural language. Using Fibonacci's golden thread of numbers might explain why the twin towers of the World Trade Centre and four planes were used in the attacks of 7/11. Someone deliberately misused a pattern repeatedly found in nature to cause anger and fear. Local interventions designed to evidence the goodness of western technological progress as a weapon in the armoury against the Taliban are not winning because of a lack of a common vocabulary of words. A more effective weapon in the hearts and minds campaign might be intellectual by portraying a trilogy of sun and moon and stars and initiating discussions with the elders of the communities involving spiritual and philosphical debate using maths rather than language based words. It might also be an idea for the women in the army to be seen supporting the women and children in the community with resources rather than handing out cash to the men. Women will always give to their children before themselves. This has been evidenced time and again in charitable donations made to India and Africa. A woman giving to women and children is more powerful than a man giving anything. Think of the influence and reputation of Eva Peron in South America. Think of the impact Michelle Obama could have.