Alfonso XIII unmasked - Vicente Blasco Ibáñez - (1925) ebook

Alfonso XIII unmasked; the military terror in Spain

Alfonso XIII unmasked

Spain is today a nation under the yoke. She cannot speak out; she is gagged; she cannot write; her hands are bound. You may wonder why the Spanish people do not rush into the street to protest against this enforced slavery. 
Only a very natural instinct of self-preservation prevents them from doing so. The boot-heel that is crushing the Spanish nation is the boot-heel of the Army. Rifles and machine guns can always reduce a defenceless crowd to silence. For years I have kept out of politics at home. Long ago I gave up fighting for a cause which it seemed others could serve as well as I. 

Selfishly perhaps I indulged my liking for seclusion and the tranquillity that is so necessary to the writer. But I cannot longer remain silent. The militarist forces of Spain believe themselves securely entrenched in the controlling positions of the country. I wish to prove to them that there is no more security for tyranny in Spain than anywhere else in the world. And though I have everything to lose and nothing to gain, in a material sense, by leading the assault on the reactionary forces of the Spanish monarchy, I have little by little been driven to the point where I can no longer calmly observe the conflict from a distance. It is not only my brothers’ and my so

ns’ and my father’s blood that is being spilt. It is also the blood of Liberty! I have referred to the Army. But, since World War, that has become a mis¬ leading term. For now, when we speak of armies we think of nations in arms, of the citizens of a country fighting for that country’s life and ideals, of a united body of soldiers who,  regardless of differences of opinion or of class, are fulfilling a primary duty and defending the things they believe to be good against the things they believe to be bad. But in Spain, to speak of the Army is to speak of a caste, a special class much like the one the first kings of Prussia tried to establish in the eighteenth century.

 Yes, military service is obligatory on all male citizens—provided, of course, you mean male citizens who are not officers. One can be an officer in the Spanish Army with very little “ service.” Only those who go into the Army as a career may become officers. It is easy to see how in this way the nation at large is kept out of the councils of the military. It is even easier to observe to what extent the Spanish Army officers look upon themselves as a special kind of being having nothing in common with the civilian population. 


I. Machine-Gun Government
II. The King—A Chip of the Bourbon Block.
III. Alfonso Changes His Spots.
IV. Alfonso’s Friends.
V. Alfonso’s War
VI. Alfonso’s Ambitions
VII. Alfonso’s Accomplice, Primo de
Rivera —Dictator
VIII. How the Dictator “ Governs ”
IX. How the Dictator Wins “Victories ” in Africa
X. The King Must Go! 

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  • Author:Vicente Blasco Ibáñez 
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