Sunday, August 1

Trafficking with arms and with democracy

When it comes to monarchs, the scandal can always be greater than what has come to be known, it usually is. From Juan Carlos de Borbón we were scandalized that he had taken those pinches or bites to those who in the circles of economic power refer to the euphemism of commission. We were scandalized that the king was a high commissioner, and not that self-sacrificing, albeit hearty, head of state who sacrificed a lot for his people. Later we learned that, having come with nothing to the throne that Franco reserved for him, he had amassed a huge fortune. We believed that such savings had been possible pinch by pinch, commission by commission, but now we have learned that, in addition, he saved like a bullet ant: the benefits of the alleged arms trafficking, linked, neither more nor less, than that Khashoggi who toasted without end in Marbella while some of his bombs forever shattered life elsewhere.

It is not that it is a surprise that the emeritus king invested in the noble business of arms trafficking, that an entrepreneur like others are his boyfriends. What is striking is that such outrageous information has been published and Troy has not burned (all fiery, figuratively, of course, that later they call us dynamiteers, although the real dynamite is theirs). Every political party, without exception, of any democratically healthy State would have come to the fore to demand the investigation of such an offense against a Constitution that served Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, as a guarantee to perpetrate not only the abuse but the most perverse of them, the most immoral: that of taking a slice of wars and armed conflicts while selling the motorcycle (of large displacement, as corresponds to the level) that you are the guardian of the essences of transitional peace. We knew that the emeritus was a scoundrel, we are not even surprised that his rogues go so far, but that at this point an investigative commission in the Congress of Deputies still does not open, it only lowers our level as a subject state.

So far this legislature, there are already 13 requests for an investigation commission on Juan Carlos de Borbón that have not been able to prosper due to the systematic rejection of the PSOE, PP and Vox. The recent changes in the Government should serve so that this blockade does not continue to occur. There are decent and courageous ministers. And there is a historical need for transparency and justice about the, too many, illicit activities of the Crown that that Bourbon incarnated (by leaving aside the, in itself, unjust essence of that, this or any crown). It is politically bleak that a just government does not take the lead in demanding those responsibilities. Why should they be ERC, Bildu, Junts, PDeCAT, CUP, Más País-Equo, Compromís, BNG and Nueva Canarias who assume the weight of a seriousness that may imply, as accomplices in the illegal sale of weapons, to public companies such as, among others, the National Institute of Industry or Promotion of Foreign Trade, through its participation in the Alkantara Iberian Exports society, chaired by Manuel Prado and Colón de Carvajal, a close friend and partner of the then king? Why is United We Can not on that list?

The answer is that investigating Felipe VI’s father for these reasons means investigating his accounts in tax havens, investigating the origin of all his fortune and even charging him with money laundering. And that answer leads to another. An answer that is a slogan: we must protect the current king, Felipe VI. It is inadmissible when the presumption of this class of crimes is on the table, but only in this way can the silence of at least part of the Government, the republican part be understood (although each monarchist should be the first to want to clarify this stain that is no longer only oil). In fact, the opacity that this slogan entails only suggests many other questions, most of them rhetorical: what does Felipe VI know about his father’s businesses? Did he come to benefit directly from them? They are questions whose answers, the sovereign people, have the right to know. Stealing those answers is trafficking with our citizen sovereignty, trafficking with our democratic sovereignty. And keep an unworthy silence on an atrocious State matter: arms trafficking.

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