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roll the geopolitical dice

Posted by Kashima on July 08, 2008 at 19:20

Could someone please help me with this phrase "roll the geopolitical dice" as in the following context?

The Japanese felt that an attack on Midway, threatening Hawaii itself, would force the Americans into a sea battle they neither wanted nor were prepared to fight. The battle of Midway was pretty much a roll of the geo-political dice. The Japanese knew that eventually American industrial capacity would overwhelm Japan's.

Thank you in advance.