There is a certain contradiction in left-wing thought which events like the Iraqi war and multi-culturalism brings to the fore. "Other," non-western cultures muse be respected, their traditions encouraged to survive in an increasingle globalized, capitalistic world. We must not have or inflict any form of political or cultural imperialism. But what happens if that particular culture encourages the sub-ordination of women, femal circumcision, tribalism! Can we not condemn such things, do we not have a moral imperative to do so and in so doing do we not break once and for all the argument that all cultures are equal?