October 17th’s Inktober piece is the famous image of the lifting of the America flag on the island of Iwo Jima and is perhaps the most iconic image of allied victory during the Second World War. 2015 is the 70th anniversary of the end of the war and we can be grateful it didn’t last any longer. With an estimated 50-85 million casualties, it was the deadliest conflict in human history. But if the roughly 16 million casualties of World War One were a waste of human life in the name of European posturing, at least World War Two saw the defeat of one of the most horrible and threatening political ideologies of the modern world. So while we can never celebrate the loss of so much life, at least we can be grateful that people gave up their lives in support of such a valuable victory.