Editor’s Note: The following review was originally published by Counter-Currents on September 23rd, 2016.
Hasta La Vista Europe!: What You’re Not Being Told About The Refugee Crisis And How Its Destroying Europe, by Col. Walter T. Richmond, is a powerful and well-written book detailing the situation in Europe as it stands today. Published earlier this year, it contains details which are copious enough to enlighten even the most Europe-focused among us, and clear, concise evidence to win over the “normie” reader.
The book is actually written by a group of individuals. For simplicity sake they chose to publish it under the name of just one of the group’s members, Col. Walter T. Richmond. Early in one of the opening chapters they give the background information on their origins and the catalysts for the book’s creation, which seem to have constituted a group awakening turned fruitful collaboration:
We authors were happily consuming major media versions of the European refugee crisis for literally years until, quite independently, we ran into an internet story, or blogpost, or video that didn’t match the “official” version one bit. Intrigued, we dug further. The more we dug, the more we unearthed stuff that didn’t match the “approved” version of events we were reading off the newsstands and watching on television.
So in 2011 we started, informally, to try and outdo each other in the search for real unadulterated events. We took “official” stories from the old-fashioned-controlled-media and scoured the internet for what “really happened.” And we found that many times, the two versions couldn’t be more different. In 2013, we started compiling our research into a book. By 2014, we had well over several thousand pages.
The text that resulted from their efforts can roughly be separated into three parts. The first few chapters set the scene to introduce the reader to modern Europe, while simultaneously providing the aforementioned background information on the book and its authors.
The second section is comprised of the next roughly 60 pages, which are a highlight of the major issues involved with the “migrant crisis.” These chapters are basically a quick but thorough compilation of “red-pills” for the reader who may be venturing into this territory for the first time. The book shines in this regard and goes over the multitude of realities a casual observer of the situation would be unaware of, including:
-The falsehood of the idea that the migrants coming to Europe are “refugees” fleeing war.
-The fact that rather than women and children, the vast majority of these migrants are military-age males.
-The real facts about immigrant unemployment and the negative effect of the migrants on their European host countries economically.
-Truths regarding the Muslim treatment of women, including numerous accounts of male Muslim immigrants refusing to shake the hands of female doctors, asylum workers, and teachers (as well as countless other examples of this issue).
-Information on Islam’s intolerance toward homosexuality.
-The vast problem of migrant crime and “No-Go” Zones.
-Other issues of civilizational collision, such as child brides, polygamy, and Sharia Law.
Each of these points are elucidated through examples, statistics, and common sense reasoning, and thoroughly hit the mark in terms of basic education on Islam and its incompatibility with Western culture.
The third section of the book accounts for the majority of its length, and goes from pages 88-500. This is a breakdown of Europe country by country, detailing events on the ground in each related to the migrant crisis, and just how badly the horror and insanity has affected their respective citizens. From Albania and Andorra to Lichtenstein and Lithuania, the authors do not leave out a single nation, and the situation in each is thoroughly outlined.
Readers may wonder what exactly can be said of some of these nations in this regard, but in every case relevant information is provided. In the chapter on Albania, for example, Col. Richmond and company point out that the EU compelled even it to agree to accept refugees, although it is unclear if they ever arrived or stayed in significant numbers. The authors also point out the irony that while the Albanian government was agreeing to accept these “refugees,” massive numbers of its own Muslim citizens were heading north alongside the Syrians (or had already left years previously), and engaging in crime, violence, and rape on a similar scale.
In the case of larger countries, these chapters represent detailed, multilayered portraits of events on the ground and key developments. In the one on the United Kingdom for example, the book delves into national politics, the English Defence League, and the massive rape-gang epidemic exemplified by places like Rotherham, Aylesbury, and Oxford, as well as numerous other relevant topics.
This nation by nation section ends with a quick jump to the Gulf Nations in the Middle-East to highlight the fact that they have not taken in any of their fellow-Muslim “refugees,” as well as a quick breakdown of the United States and its (so far) limited experience of the “refugee crisis.” Immediately after this the book ends with a brief introduction to 2016, introducing more recent events such as those in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, 2015.
Despite being written by a group of authors, the voice of the book is remarkably consistent throughout. The style is chatty and conversational style, with interjections and thoughts and rejoinders inserted into the text as italics. Style-wise these stand out as its defining features.
The authors begin the book’s introduction with the line “Europe is doomed” and then bitingly describe why that’s the case. They end the book with the line “Hasta La Vista Europe! Good luck. It’s been real.” But while some might detect sarcasm or Schadenfreude in that language, it is clear that such sentiments are only projected toward Europe’s media, governments, and progressive intelligentsia.
Indeed, the book fully recognizes and shines a light on the fact that it is the poor, working class native Europeans who bear the brunt of the horrors being perpetrated. They are the ones being beaten up and robbed as a daily occurrence, the ones who see their daughters and granddaughters drugged and gang-raped by Muslim immigrants, the ones called “racist” for speaking out, and the ones who look on desperately as these same rapists are let off scot-free.
The story of one such victim begins the book, as it is dedicated to her memory. The text states:
To the memory of Eva Løvbugt Helgetun, the lovely 14-year-old Lutheran Norwegian girl who was gang raped in Trondheim in May 2011 by “three young males of foreign origin” who were never caught. Even with the love and support of her family and friends, Eva began suffering from post-rape depression. Less than a month later, she committed suicide.
It is a fitting dedication, for the book’s pages contain tragedy after tragedy in the same vein. The chapters on Sweden and Germany house many of them, and they read like a horror story or war crimes indictment (the latter of which they certainly should be). They contain a never-ending list of native-European women and children, “7 years old,” “11 years old,” “19 years old,” being brutally raped, gang-raped, sliced with shards of glass, tortured, choked to death, beaten to death, and burnt alive by Muslim immigrants (often with shockingly minuscule prison sentences for the migrant perpetrators).
The authors could have written 100 books of equal length and failed to note all such incidents, and recognizing this they instead opt for a healthy balance that both shows the reader the scope and horror of such incidents while not allowing them to detract from the book’s momentum and readability.
It is hard to imagine any rational person reading such accounts and not being outraged beyond belief, and indeed such outrage seems to be one of the authors’ chief motivations for writing the book. Their focused anger and indignation also extends in two other specific directions as well (both of which are equally justified).
The first is in regards to the term “refugee” itself, and the fact that such a label is bestowed upon and claimed by the migrants. The authors explain the fact that in reality these “refugees” are almost exclusively economic migrants (at best), as well as devout Muslims emigrating to purposefully Islamize Europe (a practice known within Islam as Hijra). They contrast this with the experiences of real refugees, both throughout history and in terms of more recent refugees they themselves have interacted with.
For instance, both in the book and in an interview with Red Ice Radio’s Lana Lokteff, Col. Richmond — a military veteran and former first responder — compares the behavior and mannerisms of Europe’s Middle-Eastern “refugees” with real-life disaster victims he has helped, noting the vast difference between the two, and the fact that the migrants act much more like an invading army than individuals fleeing harm. As a result, the false misnomer (and emotional blackmail) represented by calling them “refugees” receives particular excoriation in the book.
The second outrage the authors specifically catalogue is the vast dishonesty and corruption of the mainstream media. This issue represents the catalyst for much of the evidence and arguments the book presents, and the authors are 100% successful in showcasing just how blatantly the media lies.
They also dutifully illuminate to just what extent the media serves the corrupt Western European governments. In one memorable excerpt they explain thus:
Even in Sweden, the one-time posterchild for “freedom of expression,” members of the media, in 2013, assisted by a security flaw on a popular internet discussion board, “obtained” the identities of 40,000 Swedes, many of whom had anonymously (or at least they thought they were anonymous) posted web comment that the media then deemed “hateful” and proceeded to label the authors as “racists”.
The comments were hardly as hideous as one might have been led to believe by the media’s resulting witch hunt. In fact, quite a few of the same terms were used by EU prime ministers, heads of state, and others. Yet in Sweden, “politically correct” is an obsession worthy of demonic possession and nothing less.
By the time the “outing” and very public national “shaming” of the authors was over, people had resigned from positions, lost work, were fired from jobs, and apparently one even committed suicide.
The authors’ descriptions of media bias and falsehood account for some of the few non-European episodes of the book as well, as they jump to America to use (quite rightly) the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case as an example of journalistic deception. They bring up CNN’s famously shameless editing of the 911 tape from that incident, and the fact that the obviously Hispanic Zimmerman was routinely labelled “white” on cable news. From there they jump back to the 1990s to describe the media’s similar handling of Waco, where journalists sought to portray the Branch Davidians as “white supremacists” despite the obvious falsehood such an assertion represented (the authors explain that of the group’s members who died in the attack, 52% weren’t even White). In relation to such historical journalistic untruth, the authors very clearly and compellingly state the case, over and over again, that the modern European press is no better — and in fact quite likely worse.
While the aforementioned exposition on race and the media might suggest otherwise, Hasta La Vista Europe! is not a purposefully Identitarian book. It has no sections or chapters which connect the migration crisis to European identity or heritage specifically, and neither does it suggest that European identity is what is being attacked, at least not in a racial sense.
At the same time, I do not know if I would attempt to fit it within a “Counterjihad” heading either. It lacks the fire and brimstone “Islam is the devil” . . . “Islam is the enemy of all mankind” quality that Pamela Geller and similar writers have.
There is no need to fit it within any predetermined category anyway, but more so than most political books, it seems to me to basically be an example of relatively average, decent, common-sense individuals being awakened, outraged, and forced into action by world events. Appropriately, it is the utterly indecent, nonsensical, and destructive actions of global progressives that are the catalyst.
The authors dutifully catalog the insanity, naivety, and destructive utopianism at play in present-day Western Europe. They describe the entire scope of the situation, from the comedic to the horrific and everything in between. This is done in a relatively measured, sober manner. If indeed they are just average people compelled into action by these horrible events, then this fact is hopeful, as it suggests more and more ‘average’ people will be awakened and forced into action as well.
At one point within the book, the authors provide a large number of quotes regarding the situation in Europe under the heading “Forebodings.” Some of these highlight the increasing destabilization wrought as a result of the migrant crisis, and lament that “Sweden is falling apart” . . . “Germany is . . . at the edge of anarchy” . . . “The Sweden we knew . . . is now a mere fairy tale” . . . “[Europe is] . . . sliding towards civil war.” Col. Richmond and the other authors dutifully provide the details to back up these statements. Any uninitiated reader thinking such proclamations hyperbole needs only read this book to recognize their truth.
The quotes also contain examples of the kind of thinking that has caused the crisis. Take one by Mona Sahlin, of Sweden’s Social Democratic Party:
. . . we should not look at the flaws of so-called foreign Swedes as a problem. Instead it is we, the white majority, which is so numerous. We have to understand that we are the problem, and that we must change our ways.
The book does not seek to analyze ideas such as this, or provide exposition on the modern religion of Progressive White self-hatred, yet it succeeds nonetheless in showing the illegitimacy, incoherency, and vast danger contained within them. The horrors showcased on every page are testament to these things, and the book does not shy away from connecting the two.
The issue of this destructive and suicidal ideology leads to questions of guilt and how to assign it. The question of Europe’s disastrous present leads to questions of its future. Both of these are contained within another quote from this section, which comes — very appropriately — from Victor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary:
For us today, what is at stake is Europe, the lifestyle of European citizens, European values, the survival or disappearance of European nations, and more precisely formulated, their transformation beyond recognition. Today, the question is not merely in what kind of a Europe we would like to live, but whether everything we understand as Europe will exist at all.
No one raised the question of whether the essence of the matter is more about our existence, our cultural identity and our way of life. I do not know for certain what is actually happening, and I do not want to blame anyone; but the suspicion arises that none of this is happening by chance. I am not brave enough to publicly talk about this as a certainty; the suspicion inevitably emerges, however, that there is some kind of master plan behind this.
These questions about how future events in Europe will play out, and what this “master plan” of mass immigration is and who to truly hold responsible for it, are issues as yet unexplored by Col. Richmond and the other authors. However, their book provides a template for how those questions might be answered. For, as already articulated, the book is another example that small groups of individuals can, if sufficiently roused, find and spread truths to which there is great opposition. Indeed, the flattening of the publishing world allows us an opportunity to do this like never before. As a result, we can hope that more within our ranks will take up this cause, both in books and other forms of media, and in so doing awaken our people to the genocide being perpetrated upon them. As that increasingly happens, it will be more and more likely that at least some European countries can survive, and that those responsible for this nightmare might someday be held accountable to answer for their crimes.