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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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BrianDgreat123 (12 days ago)
A convention center full of real life Lex Luthors, how interesting.
Skankhunt #42 (19 days 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 (25 days ago)
HOW CAN YOU DO THIS and NOT SHOW WHO WON THE SPECIAL FORCES COMPETITION???
Xuhong Gan (25 days ago)
The Grand Tour scenes 5:00
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Abdulrahman Alawadi (1 month ago)
well you can imagine who is the biggest loser if no one buys weapons the biggest supplier
phil chickenfingers (1 month 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.
Mateen Saleem (1 month ago)
2:14 mans gay
Is there free samples?
Louis film production (1 month ago)
War is horrible and fucking expensive. Peace is beautiful and free.
YouTuBeast (1 month ago)
I wonder why the thumb nail is a Chinese officer? huh ?
Enrique Ventura (1 month ago)
you guys hiring there? im a good salesman.
Johann Labertaler (1 month ago)
The training facility really looks like levels from shooters of the CS 1.6 era
William Snow (1 month ago)
:50 off the trigger "marine"....lol
Dan Cooper (1 month ago)
Wankers
Patrick Donohue (1 month ago)
SOF disneyland
apostoles templarios (1 month ago)
the dream of call of duty kid
Al Green (1 month ago)
Where did it all go wrong?
The meme Man (1 month ago)
I live in jordan and I never knew about this
Jack The Leaf (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I notice everybody wear suit shoot and tie , but you the only just wear T-shirt from vice hahahahaha wtf 👍👍👍👍😂😂😂😂😂🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇻🇳🇻🇳🇻🇳🇻🇳🇻🇳!!!!
tuzbubey (1 month ago)
President Putin pocketed another $Billion$
Nunov Yobeeswax (1 month 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"
StageLined (1 month ago)
That tour guide is so humorless.
Andrew Crawford (1 month ago)
Can I point out in the thumb nail that gun is photoshopped
aimar ramadhan (1 month ago)
Just imagine when North Korea have the money to buy American weapons of mass destruction that can destroy the USA itself.
Austin Bennett (1 month ago)
"we brought along an ex-marine" points gun at camera........
Abstract Badger (1 month ago)
At least we know why nothing is improving in america, they steal tax payers money for their own fun.
Abstract Badger (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Nah fuck that liberty over security
Jerry Oliver (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
WHERE IS THE THUMBNAIL
James Taylor (1 month ago)
They clearly ran out of money for the dummies.
AKA Grand (1 month ago)
He sounds super democratic and biased
Keven Antoine (1 month ago)
Vice news journalists are assholes:
Winston Huang (1 month ago)
3:07 wow back when Yemen had a proper government
Grass Cyat (1 month ago)
Osama trained here?
Ricky T Rock Climbing (1 month ago)
Heckler and kock! The HK416 or M416
Enlightor Rocker (1 month ago)
another business my country lacking behind
Ricky T Rock Climbing (1 month ago)
Airosoft dream playground
lucas the trooper (1 month ago)
Are the north Koreans here?
Alexander Jacob (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
13:10 .... thank me later
just another musician (1 month ago)
Bruh when he got the attack helicopter, the only thing stuck in my mind was gta5
Castlehill650 (1 month ago)
Lol they have ninja warrior for militaries to compete with each other
Grandle The Gay (1 month ago)
“Are wave cannons real things” *THUMP* “Oh shit...”
Logan Wightman (1 month ago)
15:23 oh my god you can buy a cone shaped piece of steel???? Hoooollllyyyyy shiiiiiiit
Crim15 (1 month ago)
This video pretty much defines pretentious vanity maquerading as "journalism"..
Tomas Petkevičius (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
anyone else notice the poor room entrance at 8:01
Elvin deSouza (1 month ago)
What was that last clip?
Gosip militer (1 month ago)
where is tony stark ?
TJT (1 month ago)
one of those companies sponsors my robotics team. I mean, we wone nationals...
Charles Watts (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Vice did a poor job of trying to demonize the military industrial complex.
Mour (1 month ago)
The marine in the field seems to be the only one with sense under those tents...crazy stupid!
Mour (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Chinese: neeou Cat: meou 😂
Tank Monkee (1 month ago)
This is where the grand tour did a show
Lutz (1 month ago)
4:31 extremly racist
Sébastien S. Robert (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
The stupid civilian platitudes and references get old, quick.
Erik Ahl (1 month ago)
Can i come ???
ryan swan (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
When the Joos are around, there's nothing but world wars and lots of bullet rounds
Huy khang (1 month ago)
When the General go shopping :D xD
abe oh rehne de (1 month ago)
summary of 20 minutes video-spend taxpayers money for big guns to commits coups or kill others for money
bgm1911 (1 month ago)
The video game "Metal Gear Solid" portrayed this years ago.
Kenny Rivaldi (1 month ago)
Saw Jeremy Clarkson there
Lil Kazake (1 month ago)
cowards anyone who will buy they will train. training insurgents much betraying your own sof community much
Lets dude (1 month ago)
This video is interesting, gave me some more insights into the military industrial complex
mr zed (1 month ago)
I'd love to visit this place.
Han Park (1 month ago)
god real life is surreal
Chris Sanders (1 month ago)
its like the greatest place ever, thanks for sharing,
Aido West (1 month ago)
So depressing
Yung Blac (1 month ago)
How this shit is awesome
FeelFree3 (1 month ago)
I don't think they sell them too everyone, for e.g. ISIS.
Detallado (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
The last clip was usa troops killing civilians
necro dict (1 month ago)
This is a sad vision, so many people die because the governament dont spend money for food and conthions.
Hashim Khan (1 month ago)
like giving credit cards as aids to buy in your own Mall ! :D
derfel72 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
This guy sucks.
Dan the Man (1 month ago)
peaceniks
Victor Victor (1 month ago)
McDonald Douglas Got Into a Little Trouble for Selling Helicopters to North Korea .
melih buyukerzurum (1 month ago)
Vice your shit
127jesjam (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
other humans are kids !!!! haha hahaha
Arkin Haugland (1 month ago)
If I was there it would have been like a kid in a candy store
Venture Electronics (1 month ago)
Kill all these bastards and yeha no more wars.
Mister B303 (1 month ago)
6:29 cool tattoo
Zippy (1 month ago)
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Mark Arnott (1 month ago)
This is where USA 👥 cops buy their guns to shoot unarmed BLACKS & WOMEN IN NIGHTIES & people in USA There normal people✂💃🏌️‍♀️👥 until the put a uniform on then turn into coward rouge shooters
bobby lewis (1 month ago)
This is bad ass and terrifying at the same time. One day your buying weapons from your enemy then the next youre threatening them. Like "oh hey america nice helicopters, plans and guns you got there. Give me fifty of each then the next day. [Insert country here] has declared that the us is no longer the strongest military
Delon Duvenage (1 month ago)
4.07 they killed everybody ? , sounds like that display went wrong , you are supposed to save the hostages not kill everybody
Lloyd Nix (1 month ago)
**S** pecial **O** perations **F** orces **E** xhibition **C** onference SOFEC not SOFEX What kinda "special operations" are we talking, and does it have anything to do with a short yellow bus.
Ayo Paul (1 month ago)
Good thing my country just embezzles the billions of dollars
I Just Posted Th1s (1 month ago)
You have to know there were some Nubians and Lower Delta Egyptians that get together in neutral tents every year or so and try to sell each other the BEST and LATEST in handheld metals technology(aka swords). It's comforting to know we haven't changed in 7000 years. When we go to other worlds, we will not be advanced in our intelligence nor our consciousness, we are just going to drag our shit along with us. So we can look forward to that. Yet I sure as hell want to go to the next SOFEX and see all the cool stuff, maybe get some range time. Who's with me?
aserfon (1 month ago)
Good one Vice.
mOejOe33 (1 month ago)
If you buy Chinese, 1) the technology is stolen, 2) it's crap. The Chinese are great at making STOLEN CRAP.
sheenufilms (1 month ago)
The Chinese knocked off the Javelin.
Ted Brown (1 month ago)
We are going to reap exactly what we have sown...
Daniel Lentz (1 month ago)
It's funny that most people see explosives and bullets as military weapons. No country has a chance against America. We have eleven nuclear aircraft carriers, China and Russia have one each non-nuclear. We have neutron bombs, proton cannons, electromagnetic cannons etc. Not to mention what DARPA has that most will never know. There are no "wars" anymore only conflicts or operations. It's a mind game, sell them bullshit and they kill who we want. Then if they blink wrong we obliterate them.
Мая Тонева (1 month ago)
Аll psychopats are there.

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