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The Voice of Reason

Sammy Allred may not have picked up many votes for his pending mayoral run during his Wednesday morning Sam and Bob Show broadcast on KVET-FM, but he bravely stuck out from the militaristic media drone coming from many of the other commentators regarding Tuesday's -- well, you know. A string of callers demanded swift military action (targets multiple or unspecified), steel-vault doors on airplane cockpits, or arming every passenger (yep, there was one of those). Yet Allred dryly pointed out that for the U.S. "to heavily arm and support one side of a 6,000-year-old war," and then be shocked when the other side gets mad, might not have been entirely a good strategy. "I've been worried about this [terrorist reaction] for years," he said.

At least one caller angrily denounced Allred for encouraging the U.S. to "abandon our ally, Israel," but Allred didn't back down. "That's your opinion," he told the caller. "I've got one, too, and it's not necessarily 'wrong' just because it's different from yours." While some callers suggested armed sky marshals on every single flight, Allred and co-host Bob Cole spent much of the 8-9am hour gently discouraging demands to abandon civil liberties in an attempt at absolute security. "This is supposed to be a 'free country,'" said Allred. Hear, here.

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