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.

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.