Buridan's ass

a) The hypothetical donkey who is placed precisely midway between two sources of food and/or water.

The National Peace Council was, I will not say a Buridans Ass, but a kind of eunuch organisation, unable to take a decision one way or another.

b) The hypothetical donkey, in context of certainly dying of hunger or thirst by being unable to choose between the two equidistant options.

Not that they are Buridans ass; they just do not believe in categorical decisions.

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