Into the Heart of Chaos
As noted in an earlier post describing the takeover of Pakistan's Western provinces by the Taliban, a sanctuary from which they can continue their attacks the Coalition in Afghanistan, the West must accept it cannot expect full military access to the sources of terrorism. Whether terrorists shelter behind international borders, the politically correct rules of Western countries, or simply behind a wall of innocent women and children, the West must find other ways to "get at them" apart from traditional kinetic combat. One possible approach is to empower terrorism's natural enemies, which in the complex ecosystem of the Third World means strengthing forces which have a vested interest in making things work. This can lead to counterintuitive policies. Here's a video, for example, from Economics with a Face, which suggests that in certain situations, smooth traffic flows depend on having no formal rules. But I think the better description is "having the variable rules".
As the veteran of many a Third World traffic jam, I think the vehicular flow situation is a little more complex than Economics with a Face suggests. But he may be correct in thinking that under certain circumstances and in particular cultures fewer rules or perhaps the appropriate rules make more sense than the overly regulated forms the First World is used to.
If you look repeatedly at the video you'll notice that it isn't as chaotic as it seems. Traffic flow is actually regulated by an unstated traffic code. See if you can figure out what it is.