President Beneš had a good understanding of the situation. He could tell that the foundations of Czechoslovakia's security system had started to crack. Although it remained firmly committed to help maintain Czechoslovak national security, France was afraid of Germany; Great Britain was officially disinterested in the Czechoslovak-German crisis, privately hostile to Prague, and cautiously sympathetic to the Konrad Henlein movement; and to top it off, Moscow's stock in Prague, as Newton observed, had sunk to a new low. 80 It was hard to imagine a worse scenario. Yet there was one. What if behind the facade of hostile rhetoric between Berlin and Moscow there lurked the possibility of a rapprochement? In that case, the information Beneš started receiving from Berlin would put the show trials in Moscow in an altogether different light. He had a reason to fear precisely that development.