By James F. Miskel
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Iguazu also reminds us that under certain circumstances nations have acted and presumably will continue to act to establish order in a pocket of darkness. On the other hand, Iguazu may be unusual in that there has been little violence in the triangle (at least in comparison with the fighting in DRC and Colombia), and under these circumstances Argentina and Brazil are clearly capable of improving financial and border controls without incurring the scope of costs that Pakistan would in asserting itself over its agency areas.
Had such a disease originated in a feral city, the processes of determining that a new outbreak had occurred, identifying the nature of the disease, and locating its sources of contagion would have been substantially delayed (very likely to the point where international transmission would become possible). Further, even if the disease were identified early, actually mounting an effective medical and public health response would be extremely complicated due to the inadequate municipal infrastructure and the volatility of the social climate.
It is already the case in some cities. In certain Brazilian favelas and even in some UN-administered refugee camps that have virtually become cities, police forces have essentially chosen not even to attempt law enforcement. In effect, these so-called feral parts of the city today have and perhaps entire feral cities tomorrow will have the ability to resist imposition of control and to wring concessions from the government—virtual exemptions from the standards and norms applied in the rest of the country.