New deck turns the tables on Iraq 'most-wanted' cards

Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2003

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A high school teacher, fed up with the Bush administration's playing cards featuring Saddam Hussein, ''Chemical Ali'' and other most-wanted Iraqis, is now selling her own deck, ''Operation Hidden Agenda.''

Kathy Eder's 55 cards show pictures of the president, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and others along with quotes, mostly from journalists, questioning the rationale for the U.S.-led war. The backs of the cards feature a 1983 photograph of Rumsfeld shaking Hussein's hand.

Eder, 42, said she decided to create her own plastic-coated propaganda in March as a comeback to the ''messages of hate'' contained in the cards the Department of Defense issued to help U.S. troops identify suspected war criminals.

Once the product became available, Eder said she sold 3,000 decks in three weeks.

She's already placed a second order for 5,000 decks.

Eder has pledged to donate half her profits to five nonprofit organizations that promote nonviolence and provide aide to Gulf War veterans and Iraqis.

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