The guy fixed a bug in it though. Clearly it was important enough to him to do that analysis, and then fix what was wrong. All Drepper had to do is get over himself long enough to apply it.
A friend of mine sent in a patch to Emacs Tetris, to fix a bug that allowed you to cheat. RMS replied with "when you cheat at solitaire, who are you cheating?" but applied the patch anyway. Something like that would have been the proper response.
Anyway, it wasn't the strfry incident that lead Debian to this point, clearly, but more his refusal to accept patches that fixed bugs on ARM on account of it being "crap."