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Tunisia attack: Nothing more spineless than shooting OAPs on sun loungers

By Grace Dent

Published 02/07/2015

Holidaymakers lay flowers on Marhaba beach in Sousse, where 38 people were killed in last Fridays terror attack on June 30, 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia. British police have been deployed to the area in one of the biggest counter terror operations since the London bombings on 7 July 2005. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Holidaymakers lay flowers on Marhaba beach in Sousse, where 38 people were killed in last Fridays terror attack on June 30, 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia. British police have been deployed to the area in one of the biggest counter terror operations since the London bombings on 7 July 2005. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Composite of photograph of six of the British victims of the Tunisia beach massacre who are being returned to the UK. Top row from left, Adrian Evans, Patrick Evans and Joel Richards. Bottom row from left, Carly Lovett, Elaine and Denis Thwaites
Undated handout photos issued by West Yorkshire Police of Christopher and Sharon Bell, who died in the Tunisia beach massacre
Joel Richards who died in the terrorist attack on hotels in Sousse, Tunisia
David Thompson who died in the terrorist attack on hotels in Sousse, Tunisia
Undated handout photo issued by West Midlands Police of Patrick Evans who died in the terrorist attack on hotels in Sousse, Tunisia
Adrian Evans who died in the terrorist attack on hotels in Sousse, Tunisia
Joel Richards who died in the terrorist attack on hotels in Sousse, Tunisia
Patrick Evans who died in the terrorist attack on hotels in Sousse, Tunisia
Undated handout photo issued by Northumbria Police of Lisa Burbidge, a grandmother from Whickham, Gateshead, who was among the British and Irish citizens who died in the Tunisia beach massacre
Undated handout photo issued by Northumbria Police of Lisa Burbidge, a grandmother from Whickham, Gateshead, who was among the British and Irish citizens who died in the Tunisia beach massacre
Tributes remain on the beach near the RIU Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, following the terror attacks on the beach. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 1, 2015. The number of British tourists killed in the Tunisia terrorist attack who have been positively identified has reached 29, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said. See PA POLICE Tunisia stories. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Tributes remain on the beach near the RIU Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, following the terror attacks on the beach. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 1, 2015. The number of British tourists killed in the Tunisia terrorist attack who have been positively identified has reached 29, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said. See PA POLICE Tunisia stories. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Tributes remain on the beach near the RIU Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, following the terror attacks on the beach. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 1, 2015. The number of British tourists killed in the Tunisia terrorist attack who have been positively identified has reached 29, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said. See PA POLICE Tunisia stories. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The coffin of John Stollery is taken from the RAF C-17 carrying the bodies of eight British nationals killed in the Tunisia terror attack at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 1, 2015. The bodies of eight Britons killed by the gunman will be returned to the UK today. It comes as the names of two more people who died in the attack emerged, following a statement from their family. The first RAF flights left Britain early this morning and will carry the bodies back to Brize Norton, with the repatriation process expected to take a number of days. See PA story POLICE Tunisia. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Flowers laid on the beach near the RIU Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, as British holidaymakers defy the terrorists and continue to stay in Sousse despite the bloodbath on the beach. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 30, 2015. The sands at Sousse were quiet and calm today as tourists and locals alike continued to pay their respects to the 38 dead outside the RIU Imperial Marhaba and Bellevue hotels. Flowers continue to be laid at three heart-shaped memorials that mark where so many people lost their lives, with many people in tears as they read the messages of support in several languages that have been placed in the sand. See PA POLICE Tunisia stories. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A message left on the beach near the RIU Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, as British holidaymakers defy the terrorists and continue to stay in Sousse despite the bloodbath on the beach. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 30, 2015. The sands at Sousse were quiet and calm today as tourists and locals alike continued to pay their respects to the 38 dead outside the RIU Imperial Marhaba and Bellevue hotels. Flowers continue to be laid at three heart-shaped memorials that mark where so many people lost their lives, with many people in tears as they read the messages of support in several languages that have been placed in the sand. See PA POLICE Tunisia stories. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A man jumps into the water at a beach in Sidi Bou Said, on the outskirts of the capital Tunis, on July 1, 2015, a few days after a deadly attack on tourists in Port El Kantaoui by a jihadists gunman. Tunisia said it started deploying armed police around tourist sites after last week's massacre at a beach resort, as authorities finished identifying all 38 foreigners killed in the jihadist attack. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDKENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images
Tunisian security forces patrol a beach in Sousse, south of the capital Tunis, on July 1, 2015, as Tunisia started deploying armed police around tourist sites following last week's massacre in Port El Kantaoui by a jihadists gunman. Tunisian authorities vowed new heightened security measures, including 1,000 armed officers to reinforce tourism police -- who will be armed for the first time -- at hotels, beaches and other attractions. AFP PHOTO / BECHIR TAIEBBECHIR TAIEB/AFP/Getty Images
The coffin of Charles Patrick Evans is carried off a Royal Air Force C-17 military transporter plane at RAF Brize Norton after it landed with the coffins of eight of thirty Britons killed in last week's Jihadist attack in Tunisia on July 1, 2015. The death toll among Britons was the worst loss of life for Britain in a jihadist attack since the July 2005 bombings in London. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOE GIDDENSJoe Giddens/AFP/Getty Images
BRIZE NORTON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: The coffin of Elaine Thwaites, one of the victims of last Friday's terrorist attack, is taken from the RAF C-17 aircraft at RAF Brize Norton in Tunisia, on July 1, 2015 in Brize Norton, England. British nationals Adrian Evans, Charles Evans, Joel Richards, Carly Lovett, Stephen Mellor, John Stollery, and Denis and Elaine Thwaites are the first of the victims of last week's terror attack to be repatriated. (Photo by Joe Giddens-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRIZE NORTON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: The coffin of Denis Thwaites, one of the victims of last Friday's terrorist attack, is taken from the RAF C-17 aircraft at RAF Brize Norton in Tunisia, on July 1, 2015 in Brize Norton, England. British nationals Adrian Evans, Charles Evans, Joel Richards, Carly Lovett, Stephen Mellor, John Stollery, and Denis and Elaine Thwaites are the first of the victims of last week's terror attack to be repatriated. (Photo by Joe Giddens-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRIZE NORTON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: The coffin of Denis Thwaites, one of the victims of last Friday's terrorist attack, is taken from the RAF C-17 aircraft at RAF Brize Norton in Tunisia, on July 1, 2015 in Brize Norton, England. British nationals Adrian Evans, Charles Evans, Joel Richards, Carly Lovett, Stephen Mellor, John Stollery, and Denis and Elaine Thwaites are the first of the victims of last week's terror attack to be repatriated. (Photo by Joe Giddens-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRIZE NORTON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: The coffin of Denis Thwaites, one of the victims of last Friday's terrorist attack, is taken from the RAF C-17 aircraft at RAF Brize Norton in Tunisia, on July 1, 2015 in Brize Norton, England. British nationals Adrian Evans, Charles Evans, Joel Richards, Carly Lovett, Stephen Mellor, John Stollery, and Denis and Elaine Thwaites are the first of the victims of last week's terror attack to be repatriated. (Photo by Joe Giddens-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRIZE NORTON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: The coffin of John Stollery, one of the victims of last Friday's terrorist attack, is taken from the RAF C-17 aircraft at RAF Brize Norton in Tunisia, on July 1, 2015 in Brize Norton, England. British nationals Adrian Evans, Charles Evans, Joel Richards, Carly Lovett, Stephen Mellor, John Stollery, and Denis and Elaine Thwaites are the first of the victims of last week's terror attack to be repatriated. (Photo by Joe Giddens-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRIZE NORTON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: The coffin of John Stollery, one of the victims of last Friday's terrorist attack, is taken from the RAF C-17 aircraft at RAF Brize Norton in Tunisia, on July 1, 2015 in Brize Norton, England. British nationals Adrian Evans, Charles Evans, Joel Richards, Carly Lovett, Stephen Mellor, John Stollery, and Denis and Elaine Thwaites are the first of the victims of last week's terror attack to be repatriated. (Photo by Joe Giddens-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BRIZE NORTON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: A close-up view of a coffin as a funeral cortege carrying the victims of last Friday's terrorist attack in Tunisia drives through the village of Brize Norton after arriving at the nearby RAF airbase on July 1, 2015 in Brize Norton, England. British nationals Adrian Evans, Charles Evans, Joel Richards, Carly Lovett, Stephen Mellor, John Stollery and Denis and Elaine Thwaites are the first of the victims of last week's terror attack to be repatriated. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
BRIZE NORTON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: The coffin of Adrian Evans, one of the victims of last Friday's terrorist attack, is taken from the RAF C-17 aircraft at RAF Brize Norton in Tunisia, on July 1, 2015 in Brize Norton, England. British nationals Adrian Evans, Charles Evans, Joel Richards, Carly Lovett, Stephen Mellor, John Stollery, and Denis and Elaine Thwaites are the first of the victims of last week's terror attack to be repatriated. (Photo by Joe Giddens-WPA Pool/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
BRIZE NORTON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: The RAF C17 aircraft lands at RAF Brize Norton carrying the victims of last Friday's terrorist attack in Tunisia, on July 1, 2015 in Brize Norton, England. British nationals Adrian Evans, Charles Evans, Joel Richards, Carly Lovett, Stephen Mellor, John Stollery, and Denis and Elaine Thwaites are the first of the victims of last week's terror attack to be repatriated. (Photo by Joe Giddens-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
TUNIS, TUNISIA - JULY 01: Ambulances carrying the victim's of last Friday's terrorist attack arrive at Tunis Airport where they will be flown back to Brize Norton on an RAF C17 aircraft on July 1, 2015 in Tunis, Tunisia. British police have been deployed to the area to assist in one of the biggest counter terror operations since the London bombings on 7 July 2005. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
TUNIS, TUNISIA - JULY 01: An RAF C17 aircraft bound for Brize Norton takes off from Tunis Airport carrying the victims of last Friday's terrorist attack, on July 1, 2015 in Tunis, Tunisia. British police have been deployed to the area to assist in one of the biggest counter terror operations since the London bombings on 7 July 2005. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
TUNIS, TUNISIA - JULY 01: Ambulances carrying the victim's of last Friday's terrorist attack arrive at Tunis Airport where they will be flown back to Brize Norton on an RAF C17 aircraft on July 1, 2015 in Tunis, Tunisia. British police have been deployed to the area to assist in one of the biggest counter terror operations since the London bombings on 7 July 2005. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
People lay flowers on Marhaba beach, where 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack last Friday, on June 30, 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
A hooded Tunisian police officer stands guard as British Home Secretary Theresa May, right, Tunisian Interior Minister Mohamed Najem Gharsalli, 2nd right, and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, left, pay respect to the victims of Friday's shooting attack on the beach in front of the Imperial Marhaba hotel in the Mediterranean resort of Sousse, Tunisa, Monday, June 29, 2015. Seven people are being interrogated in Tunisia's capital in the investigation into a deadly beach resort attack that killed 38 people, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)
A hooded Tunisian police officer stands guard ahead of the visit of top security officials of Britain, France, Germany and Belgium at the scene of Friday's shooting attack in front of the Imperial Marhaba hotel in the Mediterranean resort of Sousse, Tunisa, Monday, June 29, 2015. The top security officials of Britain, France, Germany and Belgium are paying homage to the people killed in the terrorist attack on Friday. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)
Tourists look at flowers that have been laid on the beach near the RIU Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, as British holidaymakers defy the terrorists and continue to stay in Sousse despite the bloodbath on the beach. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 30, 2015. The sands at Sousse were quiet and calm today as tourists and locals alike continued to pay their respects to the 38 dead outside the RIU Imperial Marhaba and Bellevue hotels. Flowers continue to be laid at three heart-shaped memorials that mark where so many people lost their lives, with many people in tears as theyy read the messages of support in several languages that have been placed in the sand. See PA story POLICE Tunisia Tourists. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Tourists look at flowers that have been laid on the beach near the RIU Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, as British holidaymakers defy the terrorists and continue to stay in Sousse despite the bloodbath on the beach. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 30, 2015. The sands at Sousse were quiet and calm today as tourists and locals alike continued to pay their respects to the 38 dead outside the RIU Imperial Marhaba and Bellevue hotels. Flowers continue to be laid at three heart-shaped memorials that mark where so many people lost their lives, with many people in tears as theyy read the messages of support in several languages that have been placed in the sand. See PA story POLICE Tunisia Tourists. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Tourists look at flowers that have been laid on the beach near the RIU Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, as British holidaymakers defy the terrorists and continue to stay in Sousse despite the bloodbath on the beach. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 30, 2015. The sands at Sousse were quiet and calm today as tourists and locals alike continued to pay their respects to the 38 dead outside the RIU Imperial Marhaba and Bellevue hotels. Flowers continue to be laid at three heart-shaped memorials that mark where so many people lost their lives, with many people in tears as theyy read the messages of support in several languages that have been placed in the sand. See PA story POLICE Tunisia Tourists. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
A British family, who witnessed the beach massacre by a jihadists gunman the previous week, mourn as they lay flowers at the site of the attack on the beach in front of the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port el Kantaoui, on the outskirts of Sousse south of the capital Tunis, on June 30, 2015. Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi has admitted security services were not prepared for the beach attack, as authorities warned the country is likely to lose more than half-a-billion dollars in tourism revenues. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDKENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images
Tourists take part in a gathering in solidarity with Tunisia's tourism industry, on June 29, 2015 on the island of Djerba, following a deadly gun attack at a holiday resort near Sousse. Tunisia said it had made its first arrests after a beach massacre on June 26 that killed 38 people, as European officials paid tribute to victims of the country's worst jihadist attack. AFP PHOTO / FETHI NASRIFETHI NASRI/AFP/Getty Images
A tourist with the Tunisian flag painted on her face takes part in a gathering in solidarity with Tunisia's tourism industry, on June 29, 2015 on the island of Djerba. Tunisia said it had made its first arrests after a beach massacre that killed 38 people, as European officials paid tribute to victims of the country's worst jihadist attack. AFP PHOTO / FETHI NASRIFETHI NASRI/AFP/Getty Images
SOUSSE, TUNISIA - JUNE 30: Armed police continue to patrol Marhaba beach in Sousse, where 38 people were killed in last Fridays terror attack on June 30, 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia. British police have been deployed to the area in one of the biggest counter terror operations since the London bombings on 7 July 2005. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
SOUSSE, TUNISIA - JUNE 30: Armed police continue to patrol Marhaba beach in Sousse, where 38 people were killed in last Fridays terror attack on June 30, 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia. British police have been deployed to the area in one of the biggest counter terror operations since the London bombings on 7 July 2005. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
SOUSSE, TUNISIA - JUNE 30: Holidaymakers lay flowers on Marhaba beach, where 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack last Friday, on June 30, 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia. British police have been deployed to the area as part of one of the biggest counter terror operations since the London bombings on July 7, 2005. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
SOUSSE, TUNISIA - JUNE 30: Flowers are placed on Marhaba beach, where 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack last Friday, on June 30, 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia. British police have been deployed to the area as part of one of the biggest counter terror operations since the London bombings on July 7, 2005. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
SOUSSE, TUNISIA - JUNE 30: Holidaymakers lay flowers on Marhaba beach, where 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack last Friday, on June 30, 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia. British police have been deployed to the area as part of one of the biggest counter terror operations since the London bombings on July 7, 2005. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
SOUSSE, TUNISIA - JUNE 30: Holidaymakers lay flowers on Marhaba beach, where 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack last Friday, on June 30, 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia. British police have been deployed to the area as part of one of the biggest counter terror operations since the London bombings on July 7, 2005. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
SOUSSE, TUNISIA - JUNE 30: Holidaymakers lay flowers on Marhaba beach, where 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack last Friday, on June 30, 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia. British police have been deployed to the area as part of one of the biggest counter terror operations since the London bombings on July 7, 2005. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
SOUSSE, TUNISIA - JUNE 30: A woman looks at flowers placed on Marhaba beach, where 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack last Friday, on June 30, 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia. British police have been deployed to the area as part of one of the biggest counter terror operations since the London bombings on July 7, 2005. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
SOUSSE, TUNISIA - JUNE 30: Holidaymakers react as people lay flowers on Marhaba beach, where 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack last Friday, on June 30, 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia. British police have been deployed to the area as part of one of the biggest counter terror operations since the London bombings on July 7, 2005. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
SOUSSE, TUNISIA - JUNE 30: Holidaymakers lay flowers on Marhaba beach, where 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack last Friday, on June 30, 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia. British police have been deployed to the area as part of one of the biggest counter terror operations since the London bombings on July 7, 2005. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
SOUSSE, TUNISIA - JUNE 30: Armed police continue to patrol Marhaba beach, where 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack last Friday, on June 30, 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia. British police have been deployed to the area as part of one of the biggest counter terror operations since the London bombings on July 7, 2005. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
SOUSSE, TUNISIA - JUNE 27: A woman grieves as she lay flowers at the beach next to the Imperial Marhaba Hotel where 38 people were killed yesterday in a terrorist attack on June 27, 2015 in Souuse,Tunisia. Habib Essid Prime Minister of Tunisia announced a clampdown on security after the attack on a holiday resort.. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
A picture taken on June 27, 2015, shows the cordoned-off beach of the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port el Kantaoui, on the outskirts of Sousse south of the capital Tunis, in the aftermath of a shooting attack on the beach resort claimed by the Islamic State group. The IS group on June 27 claimed responsibility for the massacre in the seaside resort that killed nearly 40 people, most of them British tourists, in the worst attack in the country's recent history. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDKENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images
An English tourist survivor gets help at the Sahloul hospital after the mass shooting in the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 kilometers (90 miles) south of the Tunisian capital, on June 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO/FETHI BELAIDFETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images
SOUSSE, TUNISIA - JUNE 27: A woman grieves as she lay flowers at the beach next to the Imperial Marhaba Hotel where 38 people were killed yesterday in a terrorist attack on June 27, 2015 in Souuse,Tunisia. Habib Essid Prime Minister of Tunisia announced a clampdown on security after the attack on a holiday resort.. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Tourists comfort each other after the mass shooting in the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 kilometers (90 miles) south of the Tunisian capital, on June 26, 2015. At least 37 people, including foreigners, were killed at a Tunisian beach resort packed with holidaymakers, in the North African country's worst attack in recent history. AFP PHOTO/FETHI BELAIDFETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images
Tunisian security forces man a checkpoint at the entrance of the resort area where is located the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port el Kantaoui, on the outskirts of Sousse south of the capital Tunis, on June 27, 2015, in the aftermath of a shooting attack on the beach resort claimed by the Islamic State group. The IS group on June 27 claimed responsibility for the massacre in the seaside resort that killed nearly 40 people, most of them British tourists, in the worst attack in the country's recent history. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAIDFETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images
Blood stains are seen on a deckchair at the beach of the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port el Kantaoui, on the outskirts of Sousse south of the capital Tunis, on June 27, 2015, in the aftermath of a shooting attack on the beach resort claimed by the Islamic State group. The IS group on June 27 claimed responsibility for the massacre in the seaside resort that killed nearly 40 people, most of them British tourists, in the worst attack in the country's recent history. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDKENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images
Tourists leave Tunisia at the Enfidha International airport after a shooting attack at the Imperial hotel in the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 kilometres (90 miles) south of the Tunisian capital, on June 27, 2015. At least 38 people, including foreigners, were killed in a mass shooting at a Tunisian beach resort packed with holidaymakers, in the North African country's worst attack in recent history. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDKENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images
SOUSSE, TUNISIA - JUNE 27: A man places flowers at the beach next to the Imperial Marhaba Hotel where 38 people were killed yesterday in a terrorist attack on June 27, 2015 in Souuse,Tunisia. Habib Essid Prime Minister of Tunisia announced a clampdown on security after the attack on a holiday resort.. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
SOUSSE, TUNISIA - JUNE 27: Flowers are placed at the beach next to the Imperial Marhaba Hotel where 38 people were killed yesterday in a terrorist attack on June 27, 2015 in Souuse,Tunisia. Habib Essid Prime Minister of Tunisia announced a clampdown on security after the attack on a holiday resort.. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Emergency vehicles at the scene after the massacre in Sousse (AP)
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Tunisian security forces gather people in the hotel
Tunisian police officers at a hotel in Sousse where a terrorist attack took place (AP)

Like many people at this present time, with regard to the events in Sousse, I am a mixture of heartbroken and fixated. As the photographs have begun to trickle out of other people's mothers, I've succumbed to the urge to call my own mother simply to hear her voice.

If I was a bit less British I would tell her that photos of women like grandmothers Lisa Burbidge and Claire Windass hammer home to me that these were just women like her who had popped off on a June break.

And that I am horrified to live in a world where grans on sunloungers at midday wearing sun-costumes are now fair game as "infidels".

If I was a bit less British and a lot less working-class, I would flood her with just how much I love her.

Instead, we communicate our love via a sideways language of tuts, mutual concern over whether the other is eating enough fibre and a trip down memory lane about the time - around 15 years ago - we went on a lovely mother-daughter holiday to Sousse. Because, until last week, Sousse was exactly the kind of place your mam would love.

It was relaxed, unpretentious and wonderfully negligent in the nightlife category. And, as it turned out, my awful French and lack of Tunisian Arabic didn't matter as the locals, on first view of my porridge-like skin, would determinedly chuck any English they could muster at me with an earnest and indomitable zeal.

Sousse's people wanted so badly to make tourism work and they were so proud of their country and their lovely new hotels. I've thought of them frequently since last Friday.

I find reports that resort workers risked their lives forming human shields around foreign tourists unsurprising. Or that they risked their lives chasing the gunman and throwing bottles of olive oil and rocks.

The killer, Abu Yahya al-Qayrawani, may have attacked what he sees as the "infidel", but he has also attempted to kill the Tunisian people's livelihoods and their national pride.

And what security measures did the brave soldier circumnavigate? He didn't swim up to a heavily guarded luxury yacht ferrying VIPs just off Port El Kantaoui and risk having his head blasted 100 metres off his shoulders. Nor did he "target" any beach favoured by scores of muscular youthful men who had a fighting chance of stopping him.

In fact, I am struggling to find anything less spineless than killing pensioners dressed in Lycra swimsuits, but I'm aware that even frittering time trying to make sense of Abu Yahya al-Qayrawani is a lesson in futility. Isis also described the Imperial Hotel as "a bordel" (a brothel).

If this is their idea of antagonistic debauchery, then I surmise that their plan is to phase out holidays for everyone, everywhere. Nasty business anyway, all that relaxing, smiling and laughing. Paddling with your children and watching sunsets. I can see why they want it prohibited.

Our choice, it seems, going forward is to be terrorised into never leaving our homes in fear that any beach or hotel is the next target. Or we can - as several holidaymakers in Tunisia are doing right now - carry on sunbathing regardless.

Clearly, the public here are in deep shock at present, but at a deeper level we have an inherent love of sunshine, downtime, family life and summertime silliness. We love daft Noddy trains with funny horns and sunburn on the first day and hotel cabaret honking its way through Four Tops hits.

We all have the absolute right - like the victims of Sousse did - for a week or two each year to lie on a beach and feel absolutely free.

I offered my mother a trip somewhere "foreign" to cheer her up, but she says she'd prefer Blackpool right now. Considering the gravity of the situation, I am happy to start small.

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