The deadly desire for belonging
Published 24/07/2016 | 02:30
Sir - Like the majority of people I was shocked by the atrocity that happened in Nice just over a week ago. How could someone drive a 19 tonne truck through a crowded promenade intent on killing as many people as possible, children included? Surely these couldn't be the actions of a sane individual.
In his article Fergal Keane (Sunday Independent, July 17) offers his insights into why this man, who I believe doesn't deserve to have his name mentioned, carried out the cowardly act that he did. He postulates that Salafism - Salafis are fundamentalists who believe in a return to the original ways of Islam - is "a perverse gift for angry, alienated, confused and sometimes mentally disturbed young men".
From reports emerging, this man seems to fit this profile. Apparently he was a loner and wife-beater. The perpetrator of the Orlando shootings in which 49 people were killed in a gay nightclub, also in the name of Isil, fitted this profile too. He was a closet homosexual who used gay dating apps and frequented gay bars. The theme of isolation can also be seen in this individual.