(The nation) is imagined as a community, because, regardless of the actual inequality and exploitation that may prevail in each, the nation is always conceived as a deep, horizontal comradeship. Ultimately it is this fraternity that makes it possible, over the past two centuries, for so many millions of people, not so much to kill, as willingly to die for such limited imaginings.But nationalism is not just good at getting people to kill and be killed. It is also a highly flexible ideology. Nationalism can motivate people to do all sorts of things, from killing their neighbors to going to the countryside to build farms and a better future. Nationalism can create radical socialists who try to create an egalitarian society by force and also keepers of the status quo, willing to do anything to keep the rich rich and the powerless powerless. Nationalism does not, however, usually play out in such contradictory ways in the life of a single leader. Daniel Ortega is the exception. In the 1980s, Ortega led Nicaragua's Sandanista movement, a movement dedicated not just to fighting American Imperialism, but to equal rights between men and women. After Ortega lost power and several bids for the presidency, however, he sought alliances with his former enemy, the Catholic Church. In 2007, Ortega became the current President of Nicaragua with the backing of the Church. Suddenly this man who saw feminism as a nationalist issue saw putting NIcaraguan women at the bottom of a hierarchy of human rights, below unborn fetuses, as of utmost importance to the sanctity of the Nicaraguan nation. A case in point is a young NIcaraguan woman, pregnant and the mother of one child already, who is being denied cancer treatment because it would harm the fetus. Ortega,following the lead of the Catholic Church as well as a growing Evangelical Christian movement, insists that the rights of the fetus are "as important" (i.e. MORE important) than the rights of the mother and existing children. The excuse for killing women in hopes of bringing forth babies is "nationalism." The "promiscuity-promoting foreigners" in family planning clinics are now the enemy (so different than capitalist pigs, and yet so easily identified as "outsiders" by Ortega). Somehow the "foreigness" of the Pope and the Catholic Church gets overlooked as well as the fact that US Christian Evangelical groups are not just converting people on the ground, but supporting international anti-choice organizations in places like Nicaragua. Nationalism is so flexible under Ortega as to be tied up in a knot. And so real women are losing their lives as imagined communities of "real" Nicaraguans are protected against "bad" foreigners, unless the foreigner can help get you into power. What a cynical ending to the complicated history of the Sandinista Revolution. Perhaps the very cynicism of Ortega's career will allow all of us to question the ideology of nationalism at its center.