This is the sort of story I'm reluctant to post about, because trivia doesn't really deserve it.
But Michelle Grattan's headline has it right: Abdel-Magid Anzac row is a storm over not much.
Is it ever.
Now I perfectly understand that people, especially on the Right-ish side of politics, may not like her views as a sort of politically correct Muslim. I hardly pay her any attention, but she was one of the ninnies who complained bitterly about Lionel Shriver's not unreasonable criticism of the anti-cultural appropriation set in Brisbane last year, after all; so yeah, she's probably quite the annoying twit.
But the reaction to her ANZAC Day tweet by Right wing culture warriors in the Murdoch press, and politicians, was ridiculously out of proportion. It demonstrates:
a. a complete sanctimonious and un-selfaware hypocrisy, when they complain about Lefties, like her, going out of their way to take offence on matters such as identity politics. I mean, yeah, way to show people how to not completely over-react to a mild political comment promptly apologised for in any event;
b. as Grattan argued, a complete lack of historical perspective as to how ANZAC Day was directly criticised in the past, before it underwent its remarkable transformation into a "sacred" day. I mean, I like the way it is respected now, but I never lost sleep as a young man if there was routine cynicism of it from certain anti-militarism circles. Thank God Blair, Bolt, Devine, etc etc were still kiddies at the height of anti-establishment protest of the 60's and early 70's. They would have been bursting blood vessels at the news every single night.
c. a complete lack of proportion in terms of priorities for any politician who used it as the flimsiest grounds on which to attack the ABC for, I don't know, not being Fox News or Russia Today.