Listening to Tony Blair’s address last night on the radio, my wife and I couldn’t help but feel that the world would be a better place if his home were #1600 Pennsylvania rather than #10 Downing. Here at last was the case for war made honestly and persuasively. He was the essence of resolve, in contrast to Bush’s arrogant certainty.

Like many I know, I’ve long harbored grave ambivalence about the looming war in Iraq. George Bush’s conduct over the past six months pushed me into opposition. Tony Blair’s words over some six minutes last night almost pulled me back.