Certainly, what you say is true. Your response is well reasoned, and I appreciate that. I never said Perl itself was easy to learn, and I've only got one nitpick:
C++, by its use of namespaces, avoids things like std::vector, std::string etc. being 'reserved words', but that doesn't change the fact that they're there to learn. Yes, Perl has a large number or reserved words compared to C et. al. but I've never felt that these are what makes Perl hard to learn.
When I began learning C++ I initially felt it was easy to learn - only because I didn't realise how much of it I had yet to face. In reality it's actually a long road to becoming a good C++ programmer - equally true of Perl. I think my biggest disadvantage was learning C and becoming quite proficient in it long before I learned C++. I never did find a C++ book that starts out with "Okay, so you already know C, here are all the C things you need to forget about"
I don't mean to criticise C++ at all (you won't have any trouble finding people who've gone to great lengths to do so) but I maintain that learning it well is not "easy" by any means.