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They Are Here to Kill Us!

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Beyond the Coast By Tarik N. Ayasun Terror has once again arrived in America. This time it is in our home state of Florida. Forty nine Americans killed and many more injured in Orlando. Only three hours driving time from Marco Island. The murderer Islamist terrorist was born and raised in this country. He grew up and lived amongst us. He has been identified by officials as Omar Mateen of St. Lucie County, Florida, an American-born citizen with Afghani parents. Ladies and gentlemen, time has come to recognize that we are in danger and our government is neglecting us. They do ... Read More »

While Venezuela Failed, Peru Prospered

A student protestor in Venezuela. Submitted Photos

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com This is a brief tale of two South American countries. One of these two countries is Latin America’s sixth-most-populous country: Venezuela. With the world’s largest proven oil reserves surpassing the previous long term leader Saudi Arabia, today Venezuela is now an economic and social basket case. The proven oil reserves in Venezuela totaled 297 billion barrels as of January 1, 2014, whereas Saudi Arabia’s reserves stood at 265 billion barrels according to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). According to International Monetary Fund (IMF) Western Hemisphere Director Alejandro Werner, consumer prices in Venezuela shot up an estimated ... Read More »

Never Again!

USS Donald Cook

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Here is what the news outlets reported back on April 11 and 12th: “A United States Navy destroyer operating in international waters in the Baltic Sea experienced several close interactions by Russian aircraft April 11 and 12.  USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) encountered multiple, aggressive flight maneuvers by Russian aircraft that were performed within close proximity of the ship. On April 11, Donald Cook was conducting deck landing drills with an allied military helicopter when two Russian SU-24 jets made numerous close-range and low altitude passes at approximately 3 p.m. local. One of the passes, ... Read More »

Deep Thoughts on a Beautiful Sunday Morning

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com It is one of those beautiful Sunday mornings in Marco Island. I am crossing the Jolley Bridge on my way to Naples to make a presentation on Islamist terrorism. It is just about seven o’clock and the sky in the east is bright red, just as the sun rises over the Everglades. I am excited and a bit nervous. I may be facing a crowd that is not particularly in line with my ideology, beliefs and thoughts. As I drive on the downward slope of the bridge, leaving Marco Island behind me, many thoughts begin ... Read More »

Libya…The Next Flash Point

American F-15E Strike Eagles targeted an ISIS training camp in Libya on February 19, 2016. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Those of you who remember reading a previous article I wrote about the Maghreb (“Mali and Beyond”) which talked about the growing Al-Qaida and Islamic State influence in Northern Africa will not be shocked reading this article. The Islamic State is a force we will have to deal with in North Africa, particularly in the oil rich nation of Libya. The United States and its allies have been worried about a growing threat from the Islamic State in Libya for some time now. According to sources, there has been increased reconnaissance and intelligence gathering activities ... Read More »

Time to Stop the Foolishness…

Turkish security forces, following the suicide bombing which killed ten tourists.

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The world today is a very dangerous place and we must accept the fact that there are people out there who hate us; who would kill us in an instant given the opportunity, and who want our civilization destroyed and our belief systems altered for good. We will not be able to defend ourselves or defeat those who want to harm us unless we recognize and identify them for who they are, and not who we hope they are. We can’t look around, see what is happening and be in denial. The events that shock ... Read More »

Paris, Mali and Beyond…

Injured man outside the Bataclan  concert hall in Paris receives aid. PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN HARTMANN/REUTERS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Friday the 13th I came home early in the afternoon and wrote the following letter to the Editor of the Coastal Breeze Newspaper, Val Simon: Dear Val, After my last article “Invasion of Europe Part II” I decided to turn in my resignation as an opinion writer for the Coastal Breeze Newspaper. While I do love writing for the Breeze and look forward to receiving my issue of this wonderful paper every other Friday, I feel very strongly that my articles stick out like a sore thumb, messenger of bad things to come amongst all ... Read More »

Invasion of Europe, Part II

Trafalgar Square Friday prayers.

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Those who do not believe in the adage “history repeats itself” are sadly mistaken. The recent and ongoing events in Europe clearly prove my point. The Ottoman Empire (1299-1922) was an Islamic empire with the head of state carrying the title of “Caliph” (a person considered a political and religious successor to the prophet Muhammad, and a leader of the entire Muslim community). The Ottomans grew their empire by invading territories in the Middle East and Northern Africa, and converting the populations to Islam. The most daring of these invasions was the Siege of Vienna ... Read More »

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it…”

Firefighters raise the flag at Ground Zero.

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com As stated in his work, “The Life of Reason; Reason in Common Sense,” American philosopher George Santayana wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Unfortunately, many of our fellow citizens fall into this category. Fourteen years after the largest and most deadly attack on America, there are those who still argue that the attack was an insider job, the twin towers were destroyed and 3,000 fellow Americans were murdered in cold blood by some secret, undercover service of the United States. Before I go any further in this article, on the ... Read More »

Turkey… Syria… and Beyond…

Female Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The readers are probably aware of the fact that Turkey, over the past two months, has been run by an interim government. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was deprived of its parliamentary majority for the first time since 2002. This situation has altered the center of power in Turkish politics and has also forced the AKP into a compromised foreign policy. The leadership of the AKP is now in “negotiations” with the main opposition parties CHP, MHP and HDP. President Tayyip Erdogan is AKP’s unofficial boss. As demanded by the Turkish Constitution, ... Read More »

Angry … Disgusted … Frustrated…

Four Marines killed in Chattanooga. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com It was a terrible week and a half for anyone who loves this country; who loves the idea of living in America; being an American; anyone who obeys the laws; works hard to achieve their dreams and who believes in service to our country is above all other pursuits in life. As a result, I am angry; I am disgusted and I am frustrated! I am angry… As father of a young daughter it has been heart wrenching and totally unreal and unbelievable for me to try and imagine what Kate Steinle’s dad must have ... Read More »

Greece… USA…

Greek protest. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Most of us grew up with our parents constantly and vigorously advising us NOT to borrow money, live within our means, spend only what you need to and save the rest; and if you have to borrow money, make sure you pay it back as soon as you possibly can. Even though I am pretty sure the same advice was doled out to our contemporaries; this may not have been the case in modern Greece. Over the years, various Greek governments adopted socialist principals, borrowed and spent money lavishly, passed laws to let people retire ... Read More »

Elections in Turkey…

Turkish Parliament, which has 535 seats. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com On Sunday June 7, 2015, Turks in Turkey and all over the world voted in general elections. This was a most important election from many points of view, especially from the USA’s point of view, as the results may actually affect the events in the Middle East. Those of you who follow international politics may already know that Turkey has been ruled by the Islamist leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its charismatic leader Mr. Tayyip Erdogan. After serving three consecutive terms as Prime Minister, Mr. Erdogan ran for the usually symbolic office of ... Read More »

Memorial Day…

MemorialDay

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Spending this Mother’s Day Sunday with my wife, her mom and dad and my son and our two grandchildren, waiting anxiously for the barbecue to start, the farthest thing from our minds is the Civil War. It is hard to believe only a mere 150 or so years ago, our nation was divided and our country was covered with the blood of brother killing brother. After four years of combat, which left over 600,000 Union and Confederate soldiers dead and destroyed much of the South’s infrastructure, the Confederacy collapsed and slavery was abolished. Memorial Day ... Read More »

A Terrible Agreement…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com   We negotiate for one thing or another almost every day of our lives. The idea behind any negotiation is for the negotiators to try and get the best deal for themselves. When one negotiates with a friend or a foe, one must remember that at any point during the negotiations a point will be reached where both sides will feel comfortable and that is the point an agreement is reached. It is always best to negotiate from a point of power and strength. If you have a thousand Dollars cash in your pocket and ... Read More »

Iran…

Benjamin Netanyahu

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Other than taxes and death, we can always count on one other certainty in life; extremely short memory of our fellow Americans. It wasn’t long ago when the previous Speaker of the House Mrs. Pelosi uttered the now infamous words “We have to pass the health care bill so you can find out what’s in it.” With those words of wisdom, the flock of sheep who parade as U.S. Congressmen passed a massive law which may at the end bankrupt the country, if it has not already done so. Now, the leaders of the same ... Read More »

The Perfect Storm Around the Corner

Islamist Extremists

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Our Government is having difficulty naming the enemy that we are facing. For the reasonable everyday person with even a minimum degree of education and cultural knowledge the enemy is easy to name. It is the same enemy which declared war on anyone who chooses not to agree with their religious beliefs. In plain English it is the same enemy which beheads, burns alive and massacres Christians, Jews, Yazidis or even Muslims who do not agree with superiority of Islam over all others. It is the so called IS (Islamic State) formerly known as ISIS, ... Read More »

Iran…Nuclear Weapons…Taliban

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The dots we have been talking about for so long are beginning to connect. According to the US State Department, Iran has emerged as the worst state sponsor of terrorism in the world. This evil state run by Mullahs from another century supplies money, weapons and personnel to Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Their stated goal is the destruction of the state of Israel — our one and only true ally in the Middle East, if not the entire world. To achieve this goal, they have been busy at work trying to develop nuclear ... Read More »

Questions…More Questions

Ostrich?

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com As I sit in front of my computer preparing this piece for the Coastal Breeze News, I find myself drowning in questions and no answers. It is moments like these when I think my head is about to explode. It reminds me of my childhood when I used to lie down on a blanket in our back porch in suburban Istanbul on hot summer nights, gazing into the pitch black sky with millions of sparkling stars and wondering where did all this start; where is it going; how does everything work; why does the heart ... Read More »

Havana to Tehran: When Does it End?

Men on street with bicycle cart - Centro Habana, Havana, Cuba. SUBMITTED photo

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Having traveled around the world for many years and negotiated many deals with various customers, distributors and some governmental organizations, I may claim to know something about what negotiations are all about. Negotiations are never “all or nothing.” There does not have to be one winner and one loser. While the goal of any negotiation is most certainly getting what you want, the fact is that the best deals are always a result of “give and take.” There is a definite technique involved in negotiations, and this is not a God-given talent or a result ... Read More »