Travels with Tony

Blessed be the peacemakers, for they shall accumulate frequent flyer miles. British Prime Minister Tony Blair certainly did so last week, zooming around the Middle East for the third time since Sept. 11 on behalf of the antiterror coalition. Like many statesmen before him, he found its stony soil does not quickly yield fruit.

Blair, longtime student of the Koran, has been anxious to win moderate Muslims to the coalition’s side, both to help its immediate task in Afghanistan and in pursuit of his grand vision of a broad international effort — once al-Qaeda is routed — on...

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