I did think that there was a chance of some humility from Blair, plus a new approach to Iran and Syria, on the Iraq problem.
I am now a little nervous because it seems Monsieur Blair has dusted off his diplomatic megaphone:
The prime minister believes the two states should be warned of the consequences of failing to help.
Is it me? I happen to think that a large measure of humility is needed from Blair and Bush in approaching Syria and Iran. If there was ever a need for behind-the-scenes diplomacy, it is now.
Getting out the megaphone and warning of the "consequences of failing to help" is the last thing that should be done.
But then again, humility on the matter of Iraq has never been Blair's strong point.