They were innocent. Except that they were born, raised and taught to bask in the glory of the light of their Emperor. Any failure to do so would have rendered them outcasts, imprisoned or put to the sword.

They were innocent. Unless their crime was being born in Japan, and allowing themselves to be ruled by vile scum.

They were innocent. Unless yielding to the violence of their rulers deserves the punishment of another ruler’s violence.

Caught between the anvil of one state’s ambition and the hammer of another’s, these nuggets of ore met the end that the powers decided upon; to burn and disintegrate in hellfire.

God bless them and rest their souls.