I had an interesting coversation with one of our interpreters the other day. We call them "Terps" because we feel the irrational compulsion to abbreviate everything in the military. This particular Terp was the son of a Shia mother and a Sunni father. So, when asked which he is, his reply is "both." He had asked me if I was a Christian and I said yes, specifically the Catholic denomination. I was asking about certain commonalities between Islam and Christianity. The nature of the question was that Jesus Christ is revered in Islam as a great prophet. The Terp then asked me how many "gods" we had in the Christian faith, because they only have one in Islam. I then explained to him that we had only one as well, in fact, the same one as in Islam. He looked at me perplexed. I then explained to him the concept of the different manifestations or persons of the one true God and my understanding of it based on my sixteen years of Catholic education. He was surprised to learn that indeed, Muslims, Christians, and Jews all worship the same God. He nodded his approval and lit up another cigarette. This was a well educated man from Baghdad in his late twenties, not some shepherd from the countryside. I was a little surprised. I wonder what the folks out in the countryside think.