Russia’s military moves in Syria, combined with its military engagement in Ukraine for well over a year, have supercharged the tensions between the U.S. and its allies in the Middle East on one side, against Russia and its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed opposition to the Islamic State, but his air strikes seem to be aimed more at shoring up Assad’s power. Is a confrontation between the U.S. and the Russian Bear inevitable? Send no more than 150 words with your name, address and telephone number to email@example.com. Deadline is Wednesday for publication next Monday.