Russia and Ukraine have us on the verge of a major conflict

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Does history really repeat itself?

If this concept is true then we might be in for some seriously dark days. In 1918 the world celebrated the end of World War I. We now know that the great "War to End All Wars" never really ended at all. Kinetic war with Germany merely paused, giving way to a devastating economic war that effectively galvanized the Germans into something much more frightening. This year is the 80th anniversary of the Munich Agreement when the Western World appeased a monster, giving Hitler a collective pass for annexing the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia.

Afterall, it was just a small sliver of land… "let him have it" men like Chamberlain said. But appeasement only encouraged the storm to come. The Great War to End All Wars never ended in 1918. It raged from 1914 to 1945.

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But consider this. Did the Cold War ever truly end? The West declared victory in 1991, and I can't help but see parallels between 1991 and 1918. Like Germany in 1918, Russia was dealt with in a very similar way in the 90's. NATO expanded and pushed into the Balkans against Moscow's wishes. The Kremlin went through severe economic disorder, molding it into what we now see today. In 2014 Russia pulled off it's own "Sudetenland" annexation with the seizure of Ukrainian Crimea. When the West paused, Putin went on to seize Eastern Ukraine. The world continued to pause, even turn a blind eye, and as of today over 10,000 Ukrainians have died in this ignored war. No one talks about it. No one wants to acknowledge it's going on.

And given the silence, Russia pushes on. Yesterday Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian naval ships. Multiple Ukrainian sailors have been wounded. Russia has blockaded the Azov Sea which is a significant financial hub for Ukraine. The Ukrainian military is on high alert. All ships have been put to sea. Today their parliament will vote to initiate martial law, which was called for by the Ukrainian president. We are dangerously close to the breakout of a much larger conflict. All it takes is one escalation. Cooler heads must prevail, but Ukraine's president might be looking for a statement. He's in the middle of an election campaign and losing. What he does next is anyone's guess.

We are dangerously close to the breakout of a much larger conflict. All it takes is one escalation.

The UN Security council has called an emergency meeting. Both the EU and NATO have urged restraint. Meanwhile, the US State Department and President Trump have been eerily silent. Is history repeating itself? Are we appeasing Russia? Do we even have a choice when dealing with a nuclear power in their own backyard?

The next 24 hours will tell us a lot.

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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