When westerners come to Syria and ‘discover’ things about the country that have existed for years.
When we are told how we are ‘changing’ and becoming like them.
When they talk nostalgically about a past which they have never seen, but which they want to keep us in for their voyeuristic purposes.
Save your White Man’s Burden for someone else.
Their women don’t wear hijab? They have the internet? Their people know how to use mobile phones? They shop in Benetton?
The truth is, we have only ever been different in your camel-riding orientalist imagination.