I was completely in support of Ian's statement and not at all offended. I distinctly remember the comments and his "they didn't die in vain" was directed at the US soldiers (not the dead Vietnamese whom he also acknowledged, as he should have). He said that the 58,000 US soldiers who died did not die in vain, they died for their country, which is very appropriate from a US vet from the Vietnam war as when our (yes, I'm American) soliders returned home from the war they were disrespected by many in the US and made to feel that the deaths of soldiers was for nothing, but that wasn't the case for Ian and the men and women who bravely gave their life for their country.
Ian was very positive about Vietnam and the changes that have happened since he was last in the country. I'm sure it was very tough for him to go back there and have to face a place with so many terrible memories. He was also noticeably more polite to the cab drivers (including calling one the #1 cabbie and thanking him for his driving) and other locals he encountered in this leg than in many other legs of the race, so if anything Ian was on his best behavior in Vietnam. He did a super job in this leg, as did Teri, and they should be proud of it.