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July 15, 2005

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TONY AND TACKY

PAUL GIGOT: Winners and losers, picks and pans. Tony or Tacky, our way of calling attention to the best and worst of the week. Dorothy wants us to take note of the good and the bad in the way Britain is handling the enormous security issues highlighted by last week's terror bombings in London. Dorothy?

DOROTHY RABINOWITZ: Yes, I want to give a tony to the police of Britain, who slogged through all those surveillance tapes and came up very quickly with the identities of the four to five suspects. This of course did not prevent the attacks themselves. The British have been notoriously lax in allowing people to take refuge in England who were wanted elsewhere. They have allowed loose immigration. But Tony Blair has promised to change all of that.

His hero -- Tony Blair's -- Winston Churchill, would never have waited this long. It will be remembered that Winston Churchill threw every fascist agitator into prison at the beginning of the War. And I think Tony Blair might take that as a model.

PAUL GIGOT: A provisional tony for Tony Blair. Thanks Dorothy. This man, an Iranian dissident named Akbar Ganji, became the center of an exchange this week between President Bush and the Iranian government. James, what's this all about?

JAMES TARANTO: Well, Paul, Mr. Ganji was thrown in prison by the Iranian regime in 2001 for writing a book in which he accused the Iranian government of murdering its critics. President Bush this week called on the Iranian government to release Mr. Ganji and to allow him to get medical treatment, and the Iranian government responded in what sounded like old-style Soviet propaganda saying the U.S. has no business lecturing other countries on human rights because of "widespread discriminations in the U.S. and U.S. minority rights violations." So a tony to Mr. Ganji for his bravery, and a tony to President Bush for a timely reminder that there are countries in which it really is an act of courage to speak out against your government.

PAUL GIGOT: And it really does make a difference when an American president speaks up on behalf of an individual dissident. Thanks, James.

And finally, a tony from Kim Strassel for Jack Nicklaus, who played in his final major tournament this week at the famous St. Andrews course in Scotland. He won his first British Open at St. Andrews 35 years ago. Kim?

KIM STRASSEL: Yeah, this is a tony for Jack Nicklaus, who after 45 years is finally saying goodbye to major championship golf. In the history books, Jack Nicklaus probably will go down for his record. This is a guy who won 18 majors, 19 seconds, nine thirds. That alone makes him the most successful golfer of all time. But I'd like to think that the way he'll be remembered by his fans is that he was truly a class act through all those years. This is a guy who on the course was known for his discipline and his charitableness to his fellow players. Off the course, a great family man. We just found out today that he did not make the final cut, but as you can see from the fans who were cheering and so emotional, this doesn't really matter.

PAUL GIGOT: Thanks, Kim. Terrific.

That's it for this edition of THE JOURNAL EDITORIAL REPORT. Thank you from all of us. We'll be back next week and we hope you'll join us then.