Mexican standoff

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a situation in which no one can emerge as a clear winner

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Can a deadly confrontation now be avoided?Game theory assumes that in a Mexican standoff, the parties die because they cannot see beyond self-interest.Yet, it is possible, though difficult, to walk away from the deadly situation when parties see that the stand-off harms all equally and that walking away is in the interest of all.
Once the ' highway of death', it was a pock- marked metaphor for Sri Lanka's 26- year Mexican standoff. Tamil Tiger rebels blocked the 100km that passed through the territory they held, choking the government- held Jaffna.
In 2005 she released a trilogy of albums, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Mexican Standoff and Got No Strings, followed by ToHeavenURide in 2007.
"Shorts International acquired American animator Bill Plympton's two latest 3.5 minute films Santa, the Fascist Years and Bill's Mexican Standoff for its French and British channels and for distribution on iTunes; Middle-East based Prime Pictures has closed two major deals with a local Pay TV and a free to air network."
Strictly speaking, Mexican Standoff has a script and a score, but improvisation is written into both.
Is this a Mexican standoff here or is there another decision that can be made?"
"Now there's a Mexican standoff which is disappointing because they have pointed the finger at me.
It's like a Mexican standoff at the moment, and I've no doubt there'll be phone calls already from Marseille, who confirmed at the weekend that they want the Frenchman.
Drummer Richard, who the band call 'Jupp', already has a three-year-old son Dylan, who appears on the new album on the track A Mexican Standoff, laughing hysterically.
Overall, the album has a nostalgic and reflective feel - peaceful and almost lethargic at times - but then the bass-driven Mexican Standoff kicks in and Elbow edge to the unimaginable brink of hard rock.
Vance had led a dangerous, dismounted patrol on December 20, which had led to a weapons cocked Mexican standoff with a Croatian infantry company.
"It's a Mexican standoff," Rick Paterson, analyst with UBS Warburg, said in a report.
So if this is a chicken-and-egg situation in which the media culture and the population that devours it are sort of waiting in a Mexican standoff for the other to do the better thing, we'll get nowhere....
"It's a Mexican standoff," says Siobhan Manning, emerging markets analyst at PaineWebber.