What is not quite so clear is the value that we are to place on such a statement. Arguments that humanitarian intervention has in the past not been successful or that it possesses potential for abuse lend nothing to this debate. We should be aware of its past misuse but there is nothing inherently wrong in the practice of such intervention. Its success or failure is simply a question of political will. I tend to agree with Professor Lauterpacht, the international legal scholar, who said that 'ultimately peace is more endangered by tyrannical contempt for human rights than by attempts to assert, through intervention, the sanctity of human personality'.