The attack on the Westgate Mall is a terrible tragedy. Many of us have lost friends or relatives. It is natural to feel very angry.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has rightly appealed for calm, and emphasised Kenyans must remember their fundamental unity. This is not the time for prejudice or petty politics.
Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack but we should not blame all Somalis for the attack.
Somalis have suffered more from al Shabaab than Kenyans. Brutal justice and extortion prevail in the areas under their control.
Clearly the attackers were Muslim but it also appears that one came from Meru and one was probably a recent convert.
Remember that the Kampala bombings in 2010 were also claimed by al Shabaab but at least one suicide bomber then was a Ugandan.
The attack on Westgate is not just a Somali problem. The breakdown of law and order in Somalia may be a contributing factor but so is the lack of opportunity for young men in Kenya, which causes some to turn to radical causes.
So as we struggle to make sense of this tragedy, let us not unfairly blame the law abiding Somali community in Kenya.
Quote of the day: "What is a soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room." - American singer Ray Charles was born on September 23, 1930.