The tragic part is Smutný was Beneš' ardent supporter.
We are lacking a spiritually great man. Beneš is an outstanding tactician and strategist, the greatest Machiavelli of the present time, but he cannot inspire the masses, give them joy from work, the sense of unity, togetherness in the struggle, suffering and joy.
He does not inspire confidence. People who approach him feel instinctively that there is always something un-said, that Beneš uses them for some of his plans about which he does not tell them. They feel that he either trusts them or does not trust them, that he blames them in his mind but that he does not say it directly. People who are going from him are convinced but not won over, they are assured but not in love. It is the destiny of all egoistic people that they are counted upon in accordance with their own value, but they are not loved. The egoists are feared, they are even obeyed, but when they are in trouble they remain suddenly completely isolated.
It is so because at the time when they were prosperous they could not understand others; this is their avenge in the moment of defeat. This is a great handicap of our resistance. Beneš is our luck, had he not existed, we would eat up one another and go under in the struggle for power among individuals. We recognize Beneš because he is far above us in his intelligence, perseverance and hard work.
Masaryk was a leader, Pilsudski was a leader; they both gave not only direction but they instilled also a soul into the movements they led. Beneš, unfortunately, gives only the direction. I worry about how the things will procede further, because internally we experience a decay caused by unsatisfied individuals, struggle against the few who are over-ambitious and who, however, do not have followers behind themselves.
The working together with Beneš forces people to think about how his character lacks everything human. He is a machine for thinking and work, without human feelings but with human weaknesses. I have not met a single person who would be humanly devoted to Beneš. I have not met anyone who could speak with him in a human fashion about the things which may cause someone pain or joy. In these things Beneš never indicated an interest with regard to anyone.
Czechoslovakia's Role in Soviet Strategy