The Pigeon Tunnel
The Pigeon Tunnel Stories From My Life By Le Carré, John Book - 2016

" In a dripping Panamanian hill forest near the Costa Rican border, an American military adviser---now retired, he insists--gives me the tour of a grisly encampment where CIA instructors once trained the Special Forces of half-a-dozen Central American countries in the days when the United States was supporting every narco-tyrant in the region in its fight against whatever passed for communism. At the tug of a wire, bullet-spattered targets, garishly painted, lurch out of the undergrowth: a Spanish colonial lady with bared breasts, toting a Kalashnikov,; a bloodied pirate with tricorn and raised cutlass; a little red-haired girl, her mouth open in a scream that is supposed to say 'Don't shoot me, I'm a child.' And at the forest's edge, wooden cages for the camp's trapped wild animals: mountain tigers, jungle cats, bucks, snakes, monkeys, all starved to death and rotting in their cells. And in a filthy aviary, the remains of parakeets, eagles, cranes, kites and vultures./ To teach the boys to be fierce, my guide explains. To teach them to be heartless."

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