Skip to comments.‘Operation: Hidden Agenda’ an ethics teacher’s answer to U.S. military deck of Iraq’s most wanted
Posted on 06/29/2003 1:57:37 PM PDT by TankerKC
By ROBYN MOORMEISTER
Sentinel staff writer
This high school teacher doesnt think the U.S. government is playing with a full deck.
So shes printed up her own decks in an effort to prove it.
Available locally, the Operation: Hidden Agenda" playing cards are Kathy Eders answer to the U.S. militarys distribution of its most wanted list card collection the Bush administrations unique and portable list of 55 wanted former Iraqi government officials.
Eders cards are a little different than George W.s.
There are pictures of U.S. government officials, like the four of spades featuring Central Command Commander in Chief Tommy Franks, and quotes such as the one under his picture: "We dont do body counts."
A grinning President George W. Bush graces the Ace of Spades card, accompanied by the caption "Dictator of the World."
Then theres Eders favorite: the Ace of Clubs, or "Donald goes to Baghdad."
Its a picture of U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and a synopsis of his 1983 trip to Baghdad as a special envoy to meet with Saddam Hussein and promote the contraction of a U.S.-sponsored pipeline:
"(The meeting) occurred the same day that the United States team confirmed that Saddam gassed Iranian troops," reads the card.
The back of every card shows Rumsfeld shaking Saddams hand during that visit.
Eder, who teaches the class Morality and Social Justice at Bellarmine, an all-boys Catholic high school in San Jose, says the idea for the cards came to her when her students insisted the war in Iraq was justified, but they couldnt offer facts or reasons to back up their statements.
"This war was totally wrong and totally about greed," she said. "We were told lies the whole time."
The cards are a lesson in truth, she said.
"It became clear to me that I needed to do what I have always encouraged my students to do," Eder said, "use my life to try and make a difference in the lives of others."
She gathered information for her cards from The New York Times, the BBC, Mother Jones magazine, iraqbodycount.net, the San Jose Mercury News, the Washington Post and several other international news organizations and publications. Her sources are all cited on the cards.
The pictures are all courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense Web site.
She said her cards reflect the teachings of Catholicism, that "no war is justified."
Former Santa Cruz County Supervisor and outspoken conservative Marilyn Liddicoat is not amused.
"This is very unpatriotic," Liddicoat said. "I think it is very hostile to America to do this."
Liddicoat, also a former chair on the Santa Cruz County Board of Education, said she thinks Eder should be fired for brainwashing students.
"When I served on the board 20 years ago I could see how kids were being brainwashed by very liberal teachers," Liddicoat said.
Eders cards and opinions, she said, have the potential to inspire acts of terrorism.
But Eder who borrowed $8,000 from her credit card for 3,000 decks of cards said she was simply called upon by God to tell "the truth," as she sees it.
Eder, who said she doesnt fear losing her job, said her students dont know about the cards because school has let out for the summer.
She is marketing the cards on her Web site, www.operationhiddenagenda.com, and they are on sale at Bookshop Santa Cruz.
Half of the proceeds from the cards, which sell for $9.95 per deck, will support veterans suffering from Desert Storm Syndrome, a medical condition suffered by Gulf War veterans characterized by headache, fatigue, fever, bleeding gums and skin rashes.
"I keep hearing that we should be supporting the troops," Eder said. "For me, this support also includes the troops who fought in Desert Storm."
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Yeah, she was a pathetic specimen. Michael said it best we had indicated he was afraid of people like her, as teachers. Oh how true that is.
I spend some time in a VERY liberal newgroup on the net and all of the most radical members are....TEACHERS!!! Go figure.
She came of like a real moron though in her interview with Medved.
She is free to do it at home, but when she is doing it on paid time she can get fired.
Seems the kid's get it..
"This war was totally wrong and totally about greed," she said. "We were told lies the whole time."
According to who??? This out of the intelligence loop civics teacher
The cards are a lesson in truth, she said.
Her version of the world...... from her corner of the school playground.
Incidentally, her comments on Just War were completely wrong. She's certainly not a spokesman for the Catholic Church.
Actually, WWII was very far from being just in the "Just War" concept. One of the basic tenets it violated was that unconditional surrender was the only stated outcome for the allies. You must be willing to negotiate terms to qualify for a just war.
I think the first Gulf War was a good example of a just war.
Seems the kid's get it..
And I'm willing to bet the students DID offer "facts or reasons to back up their statements".
Well, according to this story, she created the cards to aid in her classroom instruction, as she sees it.
As others have pointed out, it's a private school, but we are certainly free to mock her and point out the fallibility of her position.
That is the "technical contact." The technical contact goes to the people who host her web site. In this case, that is ipowerweb.netb(which is a very low cost IPP (Internet Presence Provider)).
Our best and brightest are not at Harvard
Jewish World Review ^ | May 30, 2003 | Jack Kelly
"The college professors and students at prestigious universities who protested the war in Iraq imagine themselves to be America's best and brightest. They're not. America's best are those who are wearing the uniform of their country. We should be as proud of them as we are grateful to them. - Jack Kelly"
Silent No Longer: Iraqi People Reveal the Past
American Forces Press Service ^ | June 26, 2003 | Linda D. Kozaryn
Tales of Saddam's Brutality
[lengthy, graphic, White House websight]
By the way, wasn't it Bellarmine who delivered the letter of church condemnation to Galileo?
But their real origin is the Marxist handbook, of course.
Well....DUH! There should already be a vacancy by now! Those cards from the Bush Administration are for dead or alive ! This kook is advocating assination of our own leaders, and could be trying to get the students brainwashed enough to do it.
An ethics teacher? Isn't that the quintessential oxymoron?
Just like those Hillary cards are advocating her assassination? Calm down just a bit...
wow...Ms. Eders sounds like 'The Pig'.
The liberal education system tried to indoctrinate me and my friends into believing the third world is happyland full of african "kings" and arabian "princes" but we knew better. We knew the third world was populated by angry savages bent on our destruction.
The more they tried to heap this BS on us, the more we realized this was a pathetic attempt by liberals and other education department wieners to downgrade the USA. I've been suspicious of them ever since.
Bottom line, its hard to fool kids, many of them will draw the right conclusions, to watch out for the so-called educators. So don't worry.
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