I'm a 73 y.o. independent activist of sorts who also runs a restaurant. When I was at Boston College, I helped found a chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, and thought quite seriously of joining a kibbutz after college. If it hadn't been for a NY Jewish family bringing my Grandmother to this country from Ireland, I wouldn't be here. If you are interested in my viewpoint, you can check out posts under Dan Huck at Iranian.com, Today's Zaman, The Forward, FP - Stephen Walt, etc.