As Germany steps out of the shadows to fight ISIS, is this the beginning of the end for Saudi hegemony?

Since the end of World War I, the West has propped up the Sunni led Saudi government as a means to both control oil, and allow for European and U.S. domination in the Middle East.  This hegemony increased in the 1970’s under the agreement that created the petro-dollar, but at a cost that is now coming back to haunt Western governments since their need for specific monetary policies in the sphere of energy allowed Saudi Arabia to conduct jihad against their rival Shiite neighbors.

This is why the U.S. has not only aided in the Saudi’s funding terrorism over the past several decades, but in many cases have overtly and covertly played a significant role in terror attacks that killed innocent people, and helped overthrow sovereign governments.

But with Russia making its move a few months ago to eradicate ISIS after a year of U.S. waffling, European nations that stand in the middle of this new proxy war are finally fighting back against this long-standing policy.  And with Germany now appearing to come out of the shadow this past weekend, the reign of Saudi hegemony over both oil and the Middle East could potentially come to an end.

Germany has publicly warned Saudi Arabia against further financing religious radicals globally. German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel’s demand to cut money flowing to the Wahhabis comes as some lawmakers are growing weary of Saudi-funded radical mosques.

Gabriel stressed that the Saudi regime has been funding mosques known for radicalizing the Muslim population, including in various communities in Europe.

“We have to make clear to the Saudis that the time of looking away is over,” Mr Gabriel, Merkel’s deputy and the head of the Social Democrats (SPD), told Bild am Sonntag newspaper. “Wahhabi mosques all over the world are financed by Saudi Arabia. Many Islamists who are a threat to public safety come from these communities in Germany.” – Russia Today

Russia has already gone for the jugular with Turkey over helping to fund ISIS, and for harboring terrorists through economic and banking mechanisms.  And although Americans broached the question of Saudi Arabia’s involvement following the terror attacks of 9/11, it hasn’t been until the new attacks in Paris that people’s all over the world are waking up to the Middle Eastern regime who has been behind most of the terrorism that has taken place over the past 20 years.

Throughout its short history, Germany has been like a hibernating bear that when finally threatened, has the ability to stand up against most of the world, even if but for a short time.  During World War I the Germans held off France, Britain, Russia, and later the United States for over four years, and then again during World War II they came to dominate the entirety of Europe minus the British Isles.  And today if Germany decides that they want to get involved in joining the growing coalition that is fighting ISIS in the Middle East, chances are great that they will not stop at simply picking off a rag-tag group of radical jihadists, but instead put their economic and military might towards destroying the root of radical Islam, and its ground zero in the heart of Saudi Arabia.

Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for,, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.