ABC News reported on the discovery of another CIA secret prison that was being used for some period of time between 2001-2005. This one in Lithuania. Red explores its long bloody history and one of its recurring themes:
Vilnius has a long and bloody history. There are mass graves there containing the remains of tens of thousands of Poles and Jews exterminated by the Nazis. It is also the tomb of the tattered remnants of Napoleon’s Grande Armee. During a 14th Century civil war the city was razed to the ground. It was repeatedly pillaged and burned in the 17th Century. An outbreak of the plague killed 35,000 people at the dawn of the 18th Century; one hundred years later, the city still hadn’t rebounded, as it was home then to but 20,000 people. In the mid-19th Century Vilnius was the bloody fief of one Mikhail Muravyov, known to the city’s ever-dwindling number of inhabitants as “The Hangman.”Prior to all this, Lithuania was the last European country to succumb to Christianity, yielding to the pope only in 1387. Gediminas, the nation’s pagan potentate, had told a 1324 papal delegation that he had no desire to forsake Perkunas, a thunder god. He was appalled by Christian intolerance, bloodletting, hate.
“Why do you always talk about Christian love?” he asked the pope’s men. “Where do you find so much misery, injustice, violence, sin and greed, if not among the Christians?”
Given that we now know for certain what we long suspected, that George II pursued his War on Terra under the delusion that he was doing the bidding of the Christian God, Gediminas’ critique remains wounding and germane, 700 years on.