Sinister motives

I don’t think that Alexander McKay (Letters, 6 July), or anyone else, should pay the slightest heed to any of Russell Brand’s pronouncements.

He’s like a child trying desperately to get attention, especially if the expected reaction is outrage.

Mr McKay makes two assertions which I would question. Seifeddine Rezgui, the man who ruthlessly killed those tourists in Tunisia, was not “deranged”, but a coolly calculating killer, who did indeed make efforts to assert the nationality of his victims before opening fire.

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Witnesses who escaped death reported that he deliberately engaged them in conversation for that reason.

He will have been well aware of the tendency for tourists to congregate in beach areas used by their compatriots.

One woman who came face to face with him was spared because, she believes, she spoke to him in Arabic. Since the vast majority of his victims were British, it’s safe to conclude that they were targeted on that basis. We can only speculate as to the motive behind his selectivity.

I do understand that it is more comforting to believe that no sane person could possibly have committed such an atrocity, but Rezgui’s meticulously planned slaughter highlights the fact 
that truth is not only stranger than fiction, but can be far more sinister.

Carolyn Taylor