In these times of intolerance, fear, and racial tension, it’s easy to forget that there are still places in the world where friendship knows no colour. According to Mexican-American soldier Israel Parra, the army is one of them, and his story of a bond he made in Iraq that transcended all boundaries of hate is exactly what we all needed to hear right now.


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The heartwarming tale, which Parra posted on Facebook on August 15th, has almost hit 60 thousand shares and more than 89 thousand likes. More importantly, it’s sparking a discussion on whether discrimination is a learned or inherited practice. Say what you will, but one can’t deny that nothing brings a group of people – no matter how diverse – together quite like fighting on the front lines for a common cause.

Read the touching story for yourself below, and tell us what you think in the comments.

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