I was surprised to see such a venomous attack on the person of King Hussein as "King Hussein's Party" {editorial, Sept. 19}. It is clear that the only direction Jordan has tilted in is that of a peaceful resolution to the Gulf crisis, as war will be devastating to all, but particularly to those of us living in the region. This point was missed by the editorial.

The conference recently convened in Jordan was called for by political parties and in no way represented the position of the Jordanian government. It appears that certain members of the press are conveniently forgetting that Jordan has a budding democracy in which all voices have a right to be heard.

I find it astounding that the press chooses to criticize Jordan's efforts at a time when the U.S. administration is doing so much to win over certain states in the Middle East that the United States itself believes support terrorist activities.

It is a sad commentary on the situation when a man who has been a close friend of the West, and of the United States in particular, and has been a leading force of moderation in a region of turmoil, should now be so harshly criticized, principally because he chooses to try to avert a war and because he disagrees with U.S. policy regarding the resolution of the crisis.

The role that Jordan has continually played in trying to maintain stability and peace in the area has always been recognized by the international community. It is thus perplexing to us why Jordan's role in the crisis is being so gravely misunderstood.

It is also worth considering that the methods the U.S. administration is employing in the crisis may provide short-term gains but may not give the long-term peace and stability the region so desperately needs. MARWAN MUASHER Director, Jordanian Information Bureau Washington