ANALYSIS Before DAESH there was Zarqawi America’s hate figure in Iraq who served as a focus for the embattled US occupation. His killing didn’t end the ‘insurgency’. American troops leaving Iraq did. DAESH as Wesley Clark explains were created by Gulf states to smash Hezbollah whose entry in the Syrian conflict on the side of Bashar al Assad was proving decisive. Before the Syrian conflict had started John Prescott was warning the West was on a crusade to smash political Islam – Hezbollah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. Of course DAESH aren’t the only deadly force in Syria there’s al Nusra and no one’s saying whose responsible for them.