A Day Of Terror Tests The Alliance


DOWNING STREET: The Istanbul blasts gave Bush and Blair a big audience. They called for a worldwide war on terror

At 9:30 GMT on Thursday morning, two notes were delivered to the intimate, cream-paneled room at 10 Downing Street where the British Cabinet has met since 1856: one note for the Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw; another for Prime Minister Tony Blair, informing them that bombs in Istanbul had struck the British consulate and the local office of the London-based bank HSBC. A roll call of consular employees had turned up four missing and likely dead, including the consul general, Roger Short. An hour later, when George W. Bush arrived for talks with Blair, he pulled the Prime Minister close for a...

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