Me and a friend the other day were discussing assassinations throughout history, and as we flowed through the discussion I brought up dictators, and thus I thought it would be a good idea to get some feed back from Think Atheist. (Thank you very much for all the responses from my last post
My point is simple. Dictators are a threat to international peace, not just their own people. Their tendency to attack other countries in order to divert attention from their unpopular (I am talking about you North Korea!) actions at home means that assassination is justified as a means of preventing a terrible war, which might rapidly become a regional or global conflict. Has everyone forgot that a North Korea sub blew up a South Korean military ship? Imagine if that happened to a U.S. Ship!
If scruples over the morality of our actions prevent us pursuing a greater good, it will never be possible to oppose evil effectively. Where should we draw the line with these people? Dictators themselves ignore normal ethical standards and international conventions, so they effectively place themselves beyond the protection of the law.
I want to know what you think. Can the assassination of a dictator be justified?