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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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Neha Kumari (1 day ago)
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Abdulrahman Alawadi (2 days ago)
well you can imagine who is the biggest loser if no one buys weapons the biggest supplier
phil chickenfingers (2 days 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 (4 days ago)
2:14 mans gay
Is there free samples?
Louis film production (8 days ago)
War is horrible and fucking expensive. Peace is beautiful and free.
YouTuBeast (8 days ago)
I wonder why the thumb nail is a Chinese officer? huh ?
Enrique Ventura (9 days ago)
you guys hiring there? im a good salesman.
Johann Labertaler (9 days ago)
The training facility really looks like levels from shooters of the CS 1.6 era
William Snow (9 days ago)
:50 off the trigger "marine"....lol
Dan Cooper (9 days ago)
Wankers
Patrick Donohue (9 days ago)
SOF disneyland
apostoles templarios (9 days ago)
the dream of call of duty kid
Al Green (10 days ago)
Where did it all go wrong?
Thot Patrol (10 days ago)
I live in jordan and I never knew about this
Jack The Leaf (10 days 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 (10 days ago)
I notice everybody wear suit shoot and tie , but you the only just wear T-shirt from vice hahahahaha wtf 👍👍👍👍😂😂😂😂😂🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇻🇳🇻🇳🇻🇳🇻🇳🇻🇳!!!!
tuzbubey (10 days ago)
President Putin pocketed another $Billion$
Nunov Yobeeswax (10 days 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 (10 days ago)
That tour guide is so humorless.
Andrew Crawford (10 days ago)
Can I point out in the thumb nail that gun is photoshopped
aimar ramadhan (10 days ago)
Just imagine when North Korea have the money to buy American weapons of mass destruction that can destroy the USA itself.
Austin Bennett (10 days ago)
"we brought along an ex-marine" points gun at camera........
Abstract Badger (11 days ago)
At least we know why nothing is improving in america, they steal tax payers money for their own fun.
Abstract Badger (11 days 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 (7 days ago)
Nah fuck that liberty over security
Jerry Oliver (11 days 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 (11 days ago)
WHERE IS THE THUMBNAIL
James Taylor (11 days ago)
They clearly ran out of money for the dummies.
AKA Grand (11 days ago)
He sounds super democratic and biased
Keven Antoine (11 days ago)
Vice news journalists are assholes:
Winston Huang (11 days ago)
3:07 wow back when Yemen had a proper government
Grass Cyat (11 days ago)
Osama trained here?
Ricky T Rock Climbing (12 days ago)
Heckler and kock! The HK416 or M416
Enlightor Rocker (12 days ago)
another business my country lacking behind
Ricky T Rock Climbing (12 days ago)
Airosoft dream playground
lucas the trooper (12 days ago)
Are the north Koreans here?
alex hatfield (12 days 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 (12 days ago)
13:10 .... thank me later
just another musician (12 days ago)
Bruh when he got the attack helicopter, the only thing stuck in my mind was gta5
Castlehill650 (12 days ago)
Lol they have ninja warrior for militaries to compete with each other
Grandle The Gay (12 days ago)
“Are wave cannons real things” *THUMP* “Oh shit...”
Logan Wightman (12 days ago)
15:23 oh my god you can buy a cone shaped piece of steel???? Hoooollllyyyyy shiiiiiiit
Crim15 (12 days ago)
This video pretty much defines pretentious vanity maquerading as "journalism"..
Tomas Petkevičius (12 days 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 (12 days ago)
anyone else notice the poor room entrance at 8:01
Elvin deSouza (12 days ago)
What was that last clip?
Gosip militer (13 days ago)
where is tony stark ?
TJT (13 days ago)
one of those companies sponsors my robotics team. I mean, we wone nationals...
Charles Watts (13 days 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 (13 days ago)
Vice did a poor job of trying to demonize the military industrial complex.
Mour (13 days ago)
The marine in the field seems to be the only one with sense under those tents...crazy stupid!
Mour (13 days 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 (13 days ago)
Chinese: neeou Cat: meou 😂
Tank Monkee (14 days ago)
This is where the grand tour did a show
Lutz (14 days ago)
4:31 extremly racist
Sébastien S. Robert (14 days 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 (15 days ago)
The stupid civilian platitudes and references get old, quick.
Erik Ahl (15 days ago)
Can i come ???
ryan swan (15 days 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 (16 days ago)
When the Joos are around, there's nothing but world wars and lots of bullet rounds
Huy khang (16 days ago)
When the General go shopping :D xD
abe oh rehne de (16 days ago)
summary of 20 minutes video-spend taxpayers money for big guns to commits coups or kill others for money
bgm1911 (16 days ago)
The video game "Metal Gear Solid" portrayed this years ago.
Kenny Rivaldi (17 days ago)
Saw Jeremy Clarkson there
Lil Kazake (17 days ago)
cowards anyone who will buy they will train. training insurgents much betraying your own sof community much
Lets dude (17 days ago)
This video is interesting, gave me some more insights into the military industrial complex
mr zed (17 days ago)
I'd love to visit this place.
Han Park (17 days ago)
god real life is surreal
Chris Sanders (17 days ago)
its like the greatest place ever, thanks for sharing,
Aido West (17 days ago)
So depressing
Yung Blac (17 days ago)
How this shit is awesome
FeelFree3 (17 days ago)
I don't think they sell them too everyone, for e.g. ISIS.
Detallado (13 days 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 (17 days ago)
The last clip was usa troops killing civilians
necro dict (18 days ago)
This is a sad vision, so many people die because the governament dont spend money for food and conthions.
Hashim Khan (18 days ago)
like giving credit cards as aids to buy in your own Mall ! :D
riff raff (18 days ago)
But can you smoke weed out of the gun, cmon voce report real news
derfel72 (18 days 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 (18 days ago)
This guy sucks.
Dan the Man (18 days ago)
peaceniks
Victor Victor (18 days ago)
McDonald Douglas Got Into a Little Trouble for Selling Helicopters to North Korea .
melih buyukerzurum (19 days ago)
Vice your shit
127jesjam (19 days 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 (19 days ago)
other humans are kids !!!! haha hahaha
Arkin Haugland (19 days ago)
If I was there it would have been like a kid in a candy store
Venture Electronics (19 days ago)
Kill all these bastards and yeha no more wars.
Mister B303 (19 days ago)
6:29 cool tattoo
Zippy (19 days ago)
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Mark Arnott (19 days 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 (20 days 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
Igor Pozitivno'Lud' (20 days ago)
Its not fer to call that guy 'Iraqy vet' because he is 'Terorist in Iraq'. Do you realise that you USA destroy Iraq???
Delon Duvenage (20 days ago)
4.07 they killed everybody ? , sounds like that display went wrong , you are supposed to save the hostages not kill everybody
Lloyd Nix (20 days 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 (20 days ago)
Good thing my country just embezzles the billions of dollars
I Just Posted Th1s (20 days 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 (20 days ago)
Good one Vice.
mOejOe33 (21 days ago)
If you buy Chinese, 1) the technology is stolen, 2) it's crap. The Chinese are great at making STOLEN CRAP.
sheenufilms (14 days ago)
The Chinese knocked off the Javelin.
Ted Brown (21 days ago)
We are going to reap exactly what we have sown...
Daniel Lentz (21 days 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 (21 days ago)
Аll psychopats are there.
hoppysmag (21 days ago)
"baddies come train " "Israel is a neighbor" Found the classic VICE Liberal/ProHate
R U 1 2 (21 days ago)
I was impressed that the commentator wore his BEST t-shirt to the international exhibition. He blended in nicely with all the generals in uniform.

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