All through the Red Shirt Protest, people were saying (myself included) "that would never happen in a western city"...refering to the length of time and scope of the protest itself and the destruction and disruption it caused......"those guys would have shot long ago..." etc etc etc.
Well, today, I went for my daily survey of the roads.....Rama 4, through Silom, and on too Siam/Central World......what did I see? 100's...no....1000's of volunteers on their hands knees scrubbing away the fire and smoke damage ...shoveling garbage...and generally just pitching in.
Whether or not you feel certain things "would never happen in...."...one thing is for sure, Bangkok Thais, and presumably Thais in general, do indeed have a strong sense of community. It was heartwarming to see all those regular folks out there in the hot sun doing there bit to try and get Bangkok back to normal.
My hat is off to you.
PS: standing in front of a gutted Central World Plaza reminded me of 9/11 and Oklahoma....two things that did indeed happen in a western city! Think about it.