What are the emotional, physical, and psychological consequences of running damage control for a dictatorship?

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There are, obviously, more deserving recipients of one’s sympathy than the factotums of deranged dictators. Even so, as the situation in Libya has escalated from protest to insurrection to civil war to international conflict, it has been difficult to completely repress flickers of compassion for Ibrahim Musa, who has suddenly become a global star in his role as primary spokesman for Libya’s beleaguered leader, Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi.

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