Now that the President of these United States has been dragged willy-nilly (mostly nilly) into the conflict in north Africa, I am hearing calls for us to assassinate Qdaffy. Here, and here.
Bad idea. Really, really, really bad idea.
One does not assassinate foreign heads of state. It is against international law and would constitute a war crime.
Capture him ALIVE, turn him over to his own people, try and hang. That's how you do it. That way is not assassination but the administration of justice.
The past century started off with a bang, as it were, when the Serbs mindlessly murdered Alexander Obrenovic, their king, and their queen, Draga. The very same guy who organized that (Dragutin Dimitrijević, AKA "Apis") organized the murder of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie. And then there's the Tsar's family in 1918....none of those instances, er, ended well.
We assassinated Ngo Dinh Diem and Ngo Dinh Nhu of Vietnam (through proxies) in early November 1963. I hope I don't have to mention what occurred three weeks later.
Assassination may be an instrument of state in combat, but not against heads of state or government. That invites, er, karmic retaliation.
"Do not be so quick to deal in death and judgment, Frodo. Even the wisest cannot see all ends." - LOTR