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Statement by the ATM Industry Association
on the terrible tragedy of 11 September 2001
at the World Trade Centre, New York
and the Pentagon, Washington,
United States of America
The ATM Industry Association extends its deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones in the tragedy that struck America yesterday. Our heartfelt compassion and prayers go out to those impacted by the horrendous devastation. The love and fellow-feeling of all freedom-loving peoples around the world flow over to America in its hour of crisis.
11 September 2001 will forever remain a memorial day to commemorate the huge loss of life sustained. It will also mark a turning-point in modern history. The whole civilised world is united both in grief and in determination to deal decisively with the gravest threat to world peace in recent times.
The ATMIA condemns this heartless, unconscionable act of mass murder. It shares the worldwide sense of outrage that such inhuman and diabolical deeds could have been planned in safety within the boundaries of some geographical region of the world.
The ATMIA supports the principle of returning to normalcy as soon as it is safe to do so. It believes in being strong, in standing together, in solidarity. The less things are seen to grind to a halt, the sooner control over daily life and work is re-established, the more a message of strength and resilience is portrayed.
Therefore, ATMIA's planned international conference in London on 18th-19th September is scheduled to go ahead, unless the grounding of the airlines prevents vital materials and personnel being flown to the conference venue. Safety always comes first. The ATMIA is monitoring the situation, especially regarding any reported casualties among the human losses from within the industry and regarding the availability of international flights later in the week.
A minute's silence will be observed at the start of the London conference as a mark of reverence for those who have lost their lives.
Please call Mike Lee at ++44-(0)1403-267551 [email protected] or Lana Harmelink at 001-605-3343444 [email protected] for updates on the situation.
Subject: London mourns US tragedy
To our many US friends and colleagues:
Everybody at Eurocoin watched and listened with disbelief and horror yesterday as the full impact of
the terrorist assault on New York and Washington DC unfolded on our televisions and radios.
To continue with our regular day-to-day interaction with all of our colleagues in the US without
formally expressing our shock and sympathy at the enormous loss of life would be insensitive in the
London, in every sense a sister city to New York, mourns today in every office, in every cafe and bar
and in every home.
Our thoughts are very much with your nation today
On behalf of us all
Subject: From your Canadian Neighbors
Our thoughts go out to you, our business partners and friends,
as well to all the American people.
We feel for you and share your shock and pain at this horrible attack.
As many have said before, the world will never be the same.
Yesterday's horrifying tragedy in NY and DC left all of us deeply shocked at our company.
The useless massive loss of life and destruction is beyond imagination.
Our thoughts are with those who lost loved friends and family.
I want to express to you my solidarity with the US President and the
American people at the time of this awful tragedy and horror in New York and
Washington. I pray to God the perpetrators are found and brought to justice.
I know the people of Ireland and the European Union stand fully stand beside
America in hour of need.
I've been many times in the Twin Towers on business and pleasure. I cannot
express my feelings of sorrow and outrage at this evil act. My heart goes
out to all who were injured and to the relatives of these killed. May God
comfort them in their hour of need.
Very best regards
We have received multiple copies of this
TRIBUTE TO THE UNITED STATES
This, from a Canadian newspaper, is worth sharing.
America: The Good Neighbor.
Widespread but only partial news coverage was given
recently to a remarkable editorial broadcast from
Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television
commentator. What follows is the full text of his
trenchant remarks as printed in the Congressional Record:
"This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the
Americans as the most generous and possibly the
least appreciated people on all the earth.
Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and
Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the
Americans who poured in billions of dollars and
forgave other billions in debts. None of these
countries is today paying even the interest on its
remaining debts to the United States.
When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956,
it was the Americans who propped it up, and their
reward was to be insulted and swindled on the
streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it.
When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the
United States that hurries in to help. This spring,
59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes.
The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped
billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now
newspapers in those countries are writing about the
decadent, warmongering Americans.
I'd like to see just one of those countries that
is gloating over the erosion of the United States
dollar build its own airplane. Does any other country
in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo
Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas DC10?
If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all the
International lines except Russia fly American Planes?
Why does no other land on earth even consider
putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk about Japanese
technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German
technocracy, and you get automobiles.
You talk about American technocracy, and you find
men on the moon - not once, but several times -
and safely home again.
You talk about scandals, and the Americans put
theirs right in the store window for everybody to look at .
Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded.
They are here on our streets, and most of them, unless
they are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American
dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here.
When the railways of France, Germany and India
were breaking down through age, it was the Americans
who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and
the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them
an old caboose. Both are still broke.
I can name you 5000 times when the Americans raced
to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name
me even one time when someone else raced to the
Americans in trouble? I don't think there was
outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.
Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I'm one
Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get
kicked around. They will come out of this thing with
their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled
to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating
over their present troubles. I hope Canada is not
one of those."
Stand proud, America!
Wear it proudly!!
To our friends in the ATM industry:
Yesterday's barbaric attack has caused us all to
pause. I find myself staring out the window in
shock every now and then as it hits me all over
Everyone at NetWorld Alliance grieves the loss of
life and offers prayers and condolences to all
those affected by the tragedy.
If any of you would like to speak out about your
experiences over the past couple days, please
feel free to e-mail Rick Redding
or me. We will do our best to keep the industry
apprised as we all seek to grasp yesterday's
Or if you would like to solicit the help of
others in the ATM industry, please post a message
in our message boards. We also encourage those
of you whose businesses have been affected by the attack to do the same.
Yesterday will never be forgotten. Let's come
together as an industry and uphold the
integrity and higher purpose of our collective
global business family.
President, NetWorld Alliance
a small UK Company based in Liverpool - a City with very strong links
with New York- we send our sincere condolences to all affected by this
barbaric act and pray for everyone involved - families, rescue workers,
I have read your message to friends in ATM Industry. You are absolutely
right in saying that "barbaric attack has caused us all to pause". We,
in India offer condolence and prayer for the
people of United States. This attack has also given us a lesson that
are waiting for opportunity for security lapse. This appies to every
of life including ATM technology. Therefore it should be endeavour of
the ATM security associated hardware and software professionals to make
business more secure.
Friday Night at 7:00 P.M. EST step out your door, stop your car, or
step out of your establishment and light a candle. We will
show the world that Americans are strong and united together against
terrorism. Please pass this to everyone on your e-mail list. We need to reach
everyone across the United States quickly.
The following was sent to me by a friend. Tamim is an
Afghani-American writer. Here is his take on Afghanistan
and the whole mess we are in.
I found it to be an interesting perspective of the long and
difficult road we have ahead of us.
I've been hearing a lot of talk about "bombing Afghanistan back to the
Stone Age." Ronn Owens, on KGO Talk Radio today, allowed that this would
mean killing innocent people, people who had nothing to do with this
atrocity, but "we're at war, we have to accept collateral damage. What
else can we do?" Minutes later I heard some TV pundit discussing
whether we "have the belly to do what must be done."
And I thought about the issues being raised especially hard because I am
from Afghanistan, and even though I've lived here for 35 years I've
never lost track of what's going on there. So I want to tell anyone who
will listen how it all looks from where I'm standing.
I speak as one who hates the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden. There is no doubt
in my mind that these people were responsible for the atrocity in New York.
I agree that something must be done about those monsters.
But the Taliban and Ben Laden are not Afghanistan. They're not even the
government of Afghanistan. The Taliban are a cult of ignorant
psychotics who took over Afghanistan in 1997. Bin Laden is a political
criminal with a plan. When you think Taliban, think Nazis. When you
think Bin Laden, think Hitler. And when you think "the people of
Afghanistan" think "the Jews in the concentration camps." It's not
only that the Afghan people had nothing to do with this atrocity. They
were the first victims of the perpetrators. They would exult if someone
would come in there, take out the Taliban and clear out the rats nest of
international thugs holed up in their country.
Some say, why don't the Afghans rise up and overthrow the Taliban? The
answer is, they're starved, exhausted, hurt, incapacitated, suffering.
A few years ago, the United Nations estimated that there are 500,000
disabled orphans in Afghanistan-a country with no economy, no food.
There are millions of widows. And the Taliban has been burying these
widows alive in mass graves. The soil is littered with land mines, the
farms were all destroyed by the Soviets. These are a few of the reasons
why the Afghan people have not overthrown the Taliban.
We come now to the question of bombing Afghanistan back to the Stone
Age. Trouble is, that's been done. The Soviets took care of it already.
Make the Afghans suffer? They're already suffering. Level their houses?
Done. Turn their schools into piles of rubble? Done. Eradicate their
hospitals? Done. Destroy their infrastructure? Cut them off from
medicine and health care? Too late. Someone already did all that.
New bombs would only stir the rubble of earlier bombs. Would they at
least get the Taliban? Not likely. In today's Afghanistan, only the
Taliban eat, only they have the means to move around. They'd slip away
and hide. Maybe the bombs would get some of those disabled orphans, they
don't move too fast, they don't even have wheelchairs. But flying over
Kabul and dropping bombs wouldn't really be a strike against the
criminals who did this horrific thing. Actually it would only be making
common cause with the Taliban-by raping once again the people they've
been raping all this time
So what else is there? What can be done, then? Let me now speak with
true fear and trembling. The only way to get Bin Laden is to go in there
with ground troops. When people speak of "having the belly to do what
needs to be done" they're thinking in terms of having the belly to kill
as many as needed. Having the belly to overcome any moral qualms about
killing innocent people. Let's pull our heads out of the sand. What's
actually on the table is Americans dying. And not just because some
Americans would die fighting their way through Afghanistan to Bin
Laden's hideout. It's much bigger than that folks. Because to get any
troops to Afghanistan, we'd have to go through Pakistan. Would they let
us? Not likely. The conquest of Pakistan would have to be first. Will
other Muslim nations just stand by? You see where I'm going. We're
flirting with a world war between Islam and the West.
And guess what: that's Bin Laden's program. That's exactly what he
wants. That's why he did this. Read his speeches and statements. It's
all right there. He really believes Islam would beat the west. It might
seem ridiculous, but he figures if he can polarize the world into Islam
and the West, he's got a billion soldiers. If the west wreaks a
holocaust in those lands, that's a billion people with nothing left to
lose, that's even better from Bin Laden's point of view. He's probably
wrong, in the end the west would win, whatever that would mean, but the war
would last for years and millions would die, not just theirs but ours. Who
has the belly for that? Bin Laden does. Anyone else?