Is Ben actually under Smokey's spell?

After re-watching the episode "Dead Is Dead" I noticed that the monster retreated into its' grate after judging Ben but then he is confronted by the image of his dead daughter Alex. Just a thought but Flocke could have simply appeared as Alex after the smoke monster in order to make Ben follow John Locke/Flocke because if I was in Ben's shoes I would think that smokey and the image of Alex were one and the same, especially if i had never been judged before and didn't know every tiny part about being judged apart from being confronted by the smoke. Just an observation for anyone who might link Flocke/MIB and smokey as being one and the same... Any ideas?

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