This is my personal blog. All opinions are my own and do not represent anyone else.
I served in the Army as an enlisted infantryman, twice in Iraq. I left the Army in 2006 and went to school for Middle East Studies. After finishing school in 2011, I decided to rejoin the Army.
After a very long year(+) in TRADOC, I’m learning to ride horses at The Great Place.
I started this blog in the summer of 2011 while attending graduate school in London. The original intent was to use it as a space to collect interesting things surrounding my thesis research. It has since evolved and continues to do so.
Why is it called ‘Carrying the Gun?’ While working on my dissertation on Iraqi military perspectives during the Iran-Iraq War, I came across this excerpt from a radio address by Saddam Hussein:
From Baghdad Domestic Radio Service, 29 January 1983, FBIS: Daily Reports, 31 January 1983: ‘Our modern man is developed and is completely different from the one who existed before. Our modern Iraqi is more enduring, more precise, more energetic, and better prepared to meet responsibility. The base of the revolution’s faithful men has expanded and covers all Iraq. The base of reserve of leaders – both in civilian and military life – has increased. …It is all the Iraqis who have now passed the tests and who have sincerely and certainly proved to be loyal through their sacrifices by carrying the gun in defense of Iraq and in building Iraq in an exemplary manner.”
Email: dgomez (at) me (dot) com