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Invasion of Europe, Part II

Trafalgar Square Friday prayers.

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun 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 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 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 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…


BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun 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 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…


BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun 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…


BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun   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 »


Benjamin Netanyahu

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun 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 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


BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun 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


BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun 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 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 »

This is Not Who We Are!!!

Istanbul Celebrates Noel

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun I must have heard or read this expression hundreds if not thousands of times last week after the release of the CIA report by Senator Diane Feinstein and the Senate Intelligence Committee. From the President down to the last uninformed person in America, the expression was repeated time after time. If this is not who we are, who are we? No one informed us about “who we are” up to the writing of this article. I am beginning to have an identity crisis already. If we are going to tell our enemies all our military ... Read More »

On Political Correctness and Beheadings


BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun The readers may recall an older opinion piece on these pages regarding “political correctness” a.k.a. “PC.” The readers may also recall various warnings expressed in this column and elsewhere as to how PC is killing us, and judging by the events of last week, it looks like things will get worse before it gets better. From the insane notion of trying to forcefully change a privately-owned professional football team’s name (established in 1932) to not allowing elementary students to say “bless you” when a fellow student sneezes, the madness continues. “Workplace violence” is becoming ... Read More »

September 11


BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun This article will be published on Fri., Sept. 5, 2014, exactly six days prior to the most infamous date in recent history of our great country. On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 terrorist militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and cowardly killed more than 3,000 Americans in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. On Sept. 11, 2012, Islamic terrorist militants, led by Ahmed Abu Khattala, attacked our Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and assassinated our Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and killed three brave Americans: Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, ... Read More »

USS America Shall Sail Again


BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun Over the years, I found myself wondering where the rest of the world was during the Holocaust where more than 6 million Jews were exterminated by the Nazis. I wonder no more. They were exactly where the rest of the world is today when the Islamic State formerly known as the ISIS is massacring non-Muslims in Iraq, transmitting beheadings live on world television (technology not available to the Nazis) and no one really seems to care; no one wants to lift a finger! Some Americans are actually more concerned about the weapons, tactics, force ... Read More »

Point of No Return…

Israel Defense Forces soldiers. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun I was up most of the night listening to the thunderstorms and watching the lightning strikes light up the cloudy summer sky over Marco Island. As a kid growing up in a suburb on top of one of the seven hills which make up the city of Istanbul away from the blinding city lights, I used to love to watch the summer storms with my mother who was totally afraid of the phenomenon yet stayed up to watch the storms with me because she felt a great sense of awe at the power of ... Read More »

Obama vs. Putin: high stakes geopolitical chess being played in Ukraine. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun As we wake up to a beautiful Marco Island Saturday morning, basking in the hot rays of a summer sun, the rest of the world slowly but surely moves towards a world-wide confrontation of good against evil as violence escalates in the absence of true world leaders and true world leadership. There are those amongst us who still do not think that evil exists, and there are also those who believe strongly that we, the Americans, are the evil force around the world. How unfortunate of them! Today, I firmly believe that a lack ... Read More »

Independence Day 2014

USS Constitution. FILE PHOTO

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun I am writing this article on July 4, 2014. Today is Independence Day. A very special day when we as Americans commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring our independence from the kingdom of Great Britain, when a number of patriots said “NO” to a king and “YES” to freedom and established a representative Republic. As a naturalized citizen, one of millions who chose to pledge their allegiance to this great country, I am full of pride, happiness and patriotism. Seeing the stars and stripes fly against a perfectly ... Read More »