‘For an interventionist system to be viable, it needs in particular to have a general aura of legitimacy. In the case of intervention in the Third World, the system needs to be supported especially by the major Third World countries that can be expected to be very suspicious of it. This means more than just solving the tactical problems of getting Third World governments to vote for interventionist actions in the UN and various regional bodies, or even to send their own military contingents. It means figuring out how whole population, or at least their politically active components, react to intervention – what excite hostility, which aspects of an interventionary policy can generate support – and then framing one’s own policy with this understanding in mind. It means listening to people we are not used to listening to, and understanding the limits on our own power and , especially in our own wisdom’.
(Trachtenberg 1993 [quoted in ] Ramsbotham & Woodhouse 1996, 164) – Humanitarian Intervention in Contemporary conflict.