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27/06/2011

The Outliers And The Nuclear Bayonets The World Is Sitting On

Human Wrongs Watch | InDepthNews

By Jayantha Dhanapala*

‘Napoleon is said to have remarked: “Bayonets are wonderful! One can do anything with them except sit on them!”. Today’s bayonets are nuclear weapons; and we are actually sitting on them.’

WASHINGTON D.C. — One definition of an outlier, in the original field of statistics from where the term has come, is “one that appears to deviate markedly from other members of the sample in which it occurs.”

Jayantha Dhanapala

Thus, in a world where the global norm is membership of the Treaty for the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), nuclear weapon armed states outside the NPT have been referred to as the outliers.

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