It was submitted by a "growth hacker" from the same venture firm that invested in MyPermissions. Better to submit with a link bait title now and have it changed by an admin than to submit with a proper title and never see the front page.
Not to discredit Altucher, but I'd be willing to bet the fact the title starts with "10 reasons..." helped to some degree.
Incidentally, I find hard to take seriously an article that enumerates things these days; too many blogs are doing this for the sake of getting page views (which works, but the resulting quality is often questionable, I'm looking at you Business Insider and Mashable)
Doubt it. They're getting a lot of weapons from other countries that have just had civil wars, like Iraq and Libya. When this is over, the weapons will probably make their way to the next country undergoing an Arab Spring movement.