Ibrahim's eyes widened and then it happened; the two of us started to laugh. At first a few chuckles and then an avalanche of hysterical laughter rendered us helpless. With tears in our eyes we sat down across from each other at the table. That was the first day we had coffee together. Over the course of the following days, we discovered a few minor differences and some wonderful similarities. We were both amazed to discover how much we liked each other and how much we disliked about our governments. We became good friends. Ibrahim married a young Irish Catholic from Long Island and became an American citizen. In the confines of that small apartment, we learned a priceless lesson that our history books and our teachers often fail to teach; human beings have more similarities worth sharing then the differences learned through government - inspired propaganda and religious intolerance.