I would say that your summary is what is broken here.
By your own admission, none of us mere mortals know what the Unicode bug is or how it affects Perl. You then pretend that you do know how serious it is and that should in turn dictate not pausing the release schedule.
You can't have it both ways. Me, I tend to trust Tom Christiansen and the other Perl gurus. If Tom thinks the release should be delayed, that carries far more weight then you saying it shouldn't. If other Perl gurus think Tom is wrong, that also carries far more weight than your pronouncement. I have faith they will work things out.
To call this article "not very good" is pretty arrogant coming from someone who thinks he has more knowledge than the perl gurus.