The problem is that Saddam is not using the available resources for the intended purposes. According to the United Nations, the Iraqi government has spent only $9.5 million of the $25 million that has been set aside for nutrition supplies for vulnerable children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers. Until the United Nations called attention to the situation earlier this year, almost $300 million in medical supplies, or about half of the supplies shipped under the oil-for-food program, was sitting undistributed in Iraqi warehouses. In addition, while primary care needs go unmet, Baghdad has ordered expensive diagnostic tools, such as a high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging machine and a γ knife (which is used in complicated neurosurgery). There are also reports that the Iraqi regime is selling medicines received under the oil-for-food program to private hospitals at exorbitant prices. We also have evidence that the Iraqi military bulldozed 160 homes in the town of Almasha in June 1999 after local citizens protested Baghdad's failure to distribute food and medicine. Meanwhile, the regime is squandering its scarce resources on luxury cars, palaces, and resorts for the elite. Therefore, although the oil-for-food program is giving the people of Iraq, especially northern Iraq, access to essential food and medicine, it would be much more effective if the Iraqi regime began to do its part. It is Saddam Hussein's obstruction, not U.N. sanctions, that remains the primary cause of suffering in Iraq.