US and Russia shy away from serious action in Syria. Meanwhile, here's the fight to pay attention to.

The attack order came down late Friday night. The US, France and Britain launched a total of 105 missiles at three chemical weapons facilities deep inside Syria. Explosions could be seen and heard inside the Syrian capital of Damascus, with coalition firepower making a complete mockery of Syrian air defense.

The attack went down like this: While Syria scrambled to hide their military hardware within the safety of Russian bases, all eyes went to the growing US Naval build-up in the Mediterranean. One Russian admiral even threatened to fire a torpedo at the USS Donald Cook, which was parked alongside the USS Winston Churchill. Both US destroyers appeared to be holding the fort until the cavalry, or in this case, armada arrived. It was all a ruse.

As the attack order was given, US Naval ships in the Red Sea and the Gulf went into action. At the same time, B1 bombers launched from Qatar began dropping air-launched cruise missiles that are so state-of-the-art they’ve never been used before in combat. It was a masterstroke in precision modern warfare, and exactly what you’d expect from someone like Defense Secretary Mattis.

So, after nearly a week of the coalition threatening a possible strike, and an equal amount of time hearing Russia threaten “grave consequences,” we’re left with a few realities. First, nothing has really changed. This attack, although impressive, won’t stop Assad from killing his own people, and it definitely won’t scare Russia and Iran from supporting him.

Both the US and Russia came out of this looking kind of silly.

Second, both the US and Russia came out of this looking kind of silly. While we’re fighting like school children at the UN, the hard reality is that neither of us really has either the motivation or the balls to go “all in” when it comes to Syria. For several days after the April 7th chemical attack, the West went all Wyatt Earp in the movie Tombstone... “I’M COMING... AND HELL’S COMING WITH ME!” And then Russia barked back as if they were Curly Bill.

At the end of the day, our attack was VERY minimal and borderline symbolic, and --- for Russia --- they got their bluff called and got punked in front of the entire world. But both countries just aren’t willing to go to the mattresses over Syria. Russia has threatened a response, but you can pretty much take it to the bank that the “response” will come in the form of a cyber attack. When and where it happens is anyone’s guess, but THAT is Russia’s main strike weapon.

Meanwhile, the REAL war in the Middle East continues to build. Iran’s biggest goal in being in Syria is to encircle Israel. The longer Assad stays in power, the larger the Iranian presence will grow on Israel’s border. The Israelis will be forced to strike. Russia and the US don’t have much of a dog in the Syria fight, but for Israel and Iran, Syria is EVERYTHING. It is THIS fight that everyone should be looking at.

The coming Iranian-Israeli conflict could affect the entire world. Pray for Israel, and pray that our leaders make the right decisions.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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