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Free Syrian Army fighters sit in a house on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria
Free Syrian Army fighters sit in a house on the outskirts of Aleppo, SyriaPhotograph by Khalil Hamra/AP Photo

The White House recently approved a plan to arm opposition forces in Syria, renewing a fear that looms whenever we plunk weapons into volatile settings: What if they fall into the wrong hands?

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has hinted that safeguards might be on the way. He told a parliamentary panel that certain arms could be “triggered in some conditions, and neutralized in other conditions,” the Associated Press reported.