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The Business of War: SOFEX

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SOFEX is where the world's leading generals come to buy everything from handguns to laser-guided missile systems. It stands for "Special Operations Forces Exhibition Conference" and it's essentially a trade-show where just about anyone with enough money can buy the most powerful weapons in the world. Hosted by Shane Smith | Originally released in 2012 at http://vice.com More from Shane Smith: http://www.vice.com/author/shane-smith Follow Shane on Twitter: https://twitter.com/shanesmith30 Check out the VICE Guide to Karachi here: http://bit.ly/Karachi-1 Subscribe for videos that are actually good: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://www.youtube.com/user/vice/videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com
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Justin Turner (17 hours ago)
Good job finally Vice!
TheHomer1990 (2 days ago)
If anyone is planning on taking over the world. Send a couple of bombs to this location where all of the world generals are having a tea party 🥳
Michael Wiesner (3 days ago)
How do I get into this buisness!? 😂
carrierzone (21 hours ago)
*Weapon
carrierzone (21 hours ago)
Work for a weapob company like Raytheon build missile guidance systems
Stone Osborne (5 days ago)
This makes Shugart-Gordon look like Chuck-E-Cheese.
Ricardo Garcia (7 days ago)
Don’t fuck with the USA
FRISHR (7 days ago)
My favourite is General Kenobi.
FRISHR (7 days ago)
War? It's free Real Estate!
Yo, you guys at vice have done a great job with this eye opening stuff. This is great stuff. You should do more of these. Serious work.
yuukine date (9 days ago)
its like from weebos convention 😂😂😂😂😂
Philipp Lawrenz (11 days ago)
America is worse than the Nazi regime.
Mr. Sotack (12 days ago)
The way you ended that. You leftist cunts.
Ezhaz Danish (14 days ago)
That's on Grand tour
Brazilian Nationalist (19 days ago)
Civilians love to talk shit safe from behind their computers. Civs wouldn't get their fat asses and fight for their country for nothing
Noneya Damnbiz (22 days ago)
Real gangsters club lol all murders the lot of them think about that lol
BrianDgreat123 (1 month ago)
A convention center full of real life Lex Luthors, how interesting.
Skankhunt #42 (1 month ago)
Dear vice please don't have a liberal cuck do any kind of stories on weapons guns or war. it's very sad.
Paxus (1 month ago)
HOW CAN YOU DO THIS and NOT SHOW WHO WON THE SPECIAL FORCES COMPETITION???
Xuhong Gan (1 month ago)
The Grand Tour scenes 5:00
Neha Kumari (2 months ago)
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Abdulrahman Alawadi (2 months ago)
well you can imagine who is the biggest loser if no one buys weapons the biggest supplier
phil chickenfingers (2 months ago)
This dude is a such a pussy, I love how vice always sends someone who knows nothing about war or guns and yet claims their opinion matters on the topic.
Is there free samples?
Louis film production (2 months ago)
War is horrible and fucking expensive. Peace is beautiful and free.
YouTuBeast (2 months ago)
I wonder why the thumb nail is a Chinese officer? huh ?
Enrique Ventura (2 months ago)
you guys hiring there? im a good salesman.
Johann Labertaler (2 months ago)
The training facility really looks like levels from shooters of the CS 1.6 era
William Snow (2 months ago)
:50 off the trigger "marine"....lol
Dan Cooper (2 months ago)
Wankers
Patrick Donohue (2 months ago)
SOF disneyland
apostoles templarios (2 months ago)
the dream of call of duty kid
Al Green (2 months ago)
Where did it all go wrong?
The meme Man (2 months ago)
I live in jordan and I never knew about this
Jack The Leaf (2 months ago)
"If you didn't know the military industrial complex was a place to party, you'd be wrong." Implying I'm wrong for not knowing
Danny dragon (2 months ago)
I notice everybody wear suit shoot and tie , but you the only just wear T-shirt from vice hahahahaha wtf 👍👍👍👍😂😂😂😂😂🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇻🇳🇻🇳🇻🇳🇻🇳🇻🇳!!!!
tuzbubey (2 months ago)
President Putin pocketed another $Billion$
Nunov Yobeeswax (2 months ago)
"Gen'rals gathered in their masses, Just like witches at black masses Evil minds that plot destruction, Sorcerer of death's construction In the fields the bodies burning, As the war machine keeps turning Death and hatred to mankind, Poisoning their brainwashed minds Oh Lord yeah"
Pathfinder (1 day ago)
oh lord yeah BUH BUH tuh ts ts tuh tss tss tuh BEH BEH BEHHHHHHHHHH BEHHHHHH pooooollllliiiitiiiicccianns hide themsellvvesss awAYy
StageLined (2 months ago)
That tour guide is so humorless.
Andrew Crawford (2 months ago)
Can I point out in the thumb nail that gun is photoshopped
aimar ramadhan (2 months ago)
Just imagine when North Korea have the money to buy American weapons of mass destruction that can destroy the USA itself.
Austin Bennett (2 months ago)
"we brought along an ex-marine" points gun at camera........
Abstract Badger (2 months ago)
At least we know why nothing is improving in america, they steal tax payers money for their own fun.
Abstract Badger (2 months ago)
They come here with billions of tax payers dollars, this is stupid and selfish of these idiots (Americans), our tax money can go to more important things like restricting guns, help stop school shootings, etc.
FANBOY Lets' Plays (2 months ago)
Nah fuck that liberty over security
Jerry Oliver (2 months ago)
Lots of hate for these people, but really how else are they supposed to deal in arms? This kind of expo actually makes a lot of sense. It wasn't as debaucherous as I thought it would be. War has always been about business with the exception of Helen of Troy.
Clorox Bathroom Spray (2 months ago)
WHERE IS THE THUMBNAIL
James Taylor (2 months ago)
They clearly ran out of money for the dummies.
AKA Grand (2 months ago)
He sounds super democratic and biased
Keven Antoine (2 months ago)
Vice news journalists are assholes:
Winston Huang (2 months ago)
3:07 wow back when Yemen had a proper government
Grass Cyat (2 months ago)
Osama trained here?
Ben Ghazi (6 days ago)
No He was trained by CIA operatives in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion
Ricky T Rock Climbing (2 months ago)
Heckler and kock! The HK416 or M416
Enlightor Rocker (2 months ago)
another business my country lacking behind
Ricky T Rock Climbing (2 months ago)
Airosoft dream playground
lucas the trooper (2 months ago)
Are the north Koreans here?
Alexander Jacob (2 months ago)
We can't make a t.v. Or an SUV worth a fuck anymore, but we sure can bomb the fuck outa your country! - George Carlin
Light in Darkness (2 months ago)
13:10 .... thank me later
just another musician (2 months ago)
Bruh when he got the attack helicopter, the only thing stuck in my mind was gta5
Castlehill650 (2 months ago)
Lol they have ninja warrior for militaries to compete with each other
Grandle The Gay (2 months ago)
“Are wave cannons real things” *THUMP* “Oh shit...”
Logan Wightman (2 months ago)
15:23 oh my god you can buy a cone shaped piece of steel???? Hoooollllyyyyy shiiiiiiit
Crim15 (2 months ago)
This video pretty much defines pretentious vanity maquerading as "journalism"..
Tomas Petkevičius (2 months ago)
Nothing but bunch of bandits gathered from around the world to destroy our precious planet. I wouldn't mind if someone would bombed the fuck out of them with their own weapons.
Josh F (2 months ago)
anyone else notice the poor room entrance at 8:01
Elvin deSouza (2 months ago)
What was that last clip?
Gosip militer (2 months ago)
where is tony stark ?
TJT (2 months ago)
one of those companies sponsors my robotics team. I mean, we wone nationals...
Charles Watts (2 months ago)
Shane Smith is a breath of fresh air, cliche'. Not many reporters under age 70 can maintain the focus that is needed to be really entertaining and informative.
John Finlayson (2 months ago)
Vice did a poor job of trying to demonize the military industrial complex.
Mour (2 months ago)
The marine in the field seems to be the only one with sense under those tents...crazy stupid!
Mour (2 months ago)
Sad to see human capital be used and be ready to be destroyed casually...wonder if aliens were to drop in all those weapons would even be effective on them! Looking at this...we kinda do deserve an alien invasion right about now...
1/1/97-19 dh (2 months ago)
Chinese: neeou Cat: meou 😂
Tank Monkee (2 months ago)
This is where the grand tour did a show
Lutz (2 months ago)
4:31 extremly racist
Sébastien S. Robert (2 months ago)
2:20 Shane is going to start awkwardly meeting Generals and asking them where they're from, so we must play Cool Lifestyle Rock Song to make it palatable.
Dmitri Zhdonov (2 months ago)
The stupid civilian platitudes and references get old, quick.
Erik Ahl (2 months ago)
Can i come ???
ryan swan (2 months ago)
sadly i think people love killing people and you don't need a war for that. London knife crime is an example. Sorry to say but i think everyone is slightly F'd in the head and absolutely anyone, is capable of killing if they are pushed or have absolutely no choice or some people just want to. However i believe in Good People. keep the good fight going, where ever your from. God bless you too, the world needs you.
M E (2 months ago)
When the Joos are around, there's nothing but world wars and lots of bullet rounds
Huy khang (2 months ago)
When the General go shopping :D xD
abe oh rehne de (2 months ago)
summary of 20 minutes video-spend taxpayers money for big guns to commits coups or kill others for money
bgm1911 (2 months ago)
The video game "Metal Gear Solid" portrayed this years ago.
Kenny Rivaldi (2 months ago)
Saw Jeremy Clarkson there
Lil Kazake (2 months ago)
cowards anyone who will buy they will train. training insurgents much betraying your own sof community much
Lets dude (2 months ago)
This video is interesting, gave me some more insights into the military industrial complex
mr zed (2 months ago)
I'd love to visit this place.
Han Park (2 months ago)
god real life is surreal
Chris Sanders (2 months ago)
its like the greatest place ever, thanks for sharing,
Aido West (2 months ago)
So depressing
Yung Blac (2 months ago)
How this shit is awesome
FeelFree3 (2 months ago)
I don't think they sell them too everyone, for e.g. ISIS.
Detallado (2 months ago)
Let me tell you how terrorists get their weapons, for example ISIS: SOFEX is just a meeting, the companies that actually sell those weapons are highly regulated by their country's governments Example: Boeing, regulated by USA BAE Systems, regulated by UK Leonardo S.p.A., regulated by Italy the list goes on, by USA, UK and Italy tell these companies that it's forbidden to sell to non-governments and certain countries that they think would hurt their national security, so they cannot sell to ISIS, but they can sell to the "official" government of Iraq, they ship weapons to the Iraqi army and that's it, then ISIS attack some Iraqi military base and that's it, they've just stolen a few weapons In the same video a guy explains the biggest supplier of the drug cartels is USA, but USA forbids sales to those groups but it's okay to sell to the Mexican army because they are the "good guys", Mexican cartels attack army, there you go, weapon supply transfered
Mi, Amor (2 months ago)
The last clip was usa troops killing civilians
necro dict (2 months ago)
This is a sad vision, so many people die because the governament dont spend money for food and conthions.
Hashim Khan (2 months ago)
like giving credit cards as aids to buy in your own Mall ! :D
derfel72 (2 months ago)
First thing of note that the US Marine Vet does in the video? Points a weapon at the person holding the camera. It may even be just a prop, but that's not the point. Bad practice.
Joao Costa (2 months ago)
This guy sucks.
Dan the Man (2 months ago)
peaceniks
Victor Victor (2 months ago)
McDonald Douglas Got Into a Little Trouble for Selling Helicopters to North Korea .
melih buyukerzurum (2 months ago)
Vice your shit
127jesjam (2 months ago)
12:27 Hold my beer. Let me drop a Sig real fast and watch it go off because the firing pin and trigger are so light.https://cdn0.wideopenspaces.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/sig-p320-meme.png ;D
AMEER 3'0'7 (2 months ago)
other humans are kids !!!! haha hahaha
Arkin Haugland (2 months ago)
If I was there it would have been like a kid in a candy store
Venture Electronics (2 months ago)
Kill all these bastards and yeha no more wars.

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