AMMAN, JORDAN, AUG. 10 -- Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, in an apparent attempt to incite rebellion against Western-backed, conservative regimes at his borders, today appealed to Arab and Moslem masses to rise up against foreign intervention in the Persian Gulf and what he called the defilement of the Moslem holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Saddam, in a speech read tonight on Iraqi radio and television, lashed out at Arabs who failed to stand by him and described them as "the servants of the foreigners." Troops from the United States have begun to arrive in Saudi Arabia this week in response to Iraq's Aug. 2 invasion of the oil-rich Arab emirate of Kuwait, and other foreign nations have committed forces to defend the kingdom.

The Iraqi leader warned that the richest Arab states -- which, like Kuwait, he has accused in the past of not sharing their wealth with the rest of the Arab world -- would not be spared in a popular Moslem uprising: "The imperialists, deviators, merchants, political agents, the servants of the foreigners and Zionism all stood up against Iraq because it represents the conscience of the {Arab} nation and its ability to safeguard its honor and rights against any harm.

"Iraq, oh Arabs, is your Iraq. . . . It is your emotional candle of right for snuffing out your darkness," he said in his second long, emotional speech this week. In his talks, Saddam has appeared intent on whipping up anti-American sentiment and resentment among people in the Arab world's poorer nations against the rulers of wealthy, conservative emirates, most of which only emerged from colonial rule in the past three decades.

"The colonialists, to ensure their petroleum interests . . . set up those disfigured petroleum states," Saddam said. "Through this, they kept the wealth away from the masses of this nation. . . . This new wealth came into the hands of the few to be exploited for the benefit of the foreigner and those few new rulers. . . . Financial and social corruption spread."

Without mentioning Saudi Arabia's King Fahd by name, Saddam unleashed a virulent attack against Arab leaders who have sought assistance from U.S. troops, as the Saudis did Tuesday.

"Make it clear to your rulers, the emirs of oil, as they serve the foreigner; tell the traitors there is no place for them on Arab soil after they humiliated Arab honor and dignity," he said. "The American forces came and Saudi Arabia opened its doors to it under the false pretext that the Iraqi army will move toward them. It means there are plans for aggressive intentions."

In Washington, White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater dismissed Saddam's call for a holy war as a "rambling attempt to dissociate himself from the obvious aggression that they {the Iraqis} have undertaken against the Arab world."

Saddam, playing on the religious sensitivities of the ruling Saudi monarchy and its position as the protector of Islam's holiest shrines, accused the Saudis of "challenging God."

"Oh Arabs, oh Moslems and faithful everywhere, this is your day to rise and defend Mecca, which is captured by the spears of the Americans and the Zionists. Rebel against oppression, corruption, treachery and backstabbing. . . . Keep the navy of foreigners away from your holy shrines and raise your voices and evoke the honor of your rulers so we all stand united in chasing away the darkness and exposing those rulers, who know no sense of honor," he said emphatically.

Saddam dangled the prospect of an unbridled campaign to destabilize the Saudis and other monarchies in the gulf.

"Tell the infidels that there is no place for them in the land of the Arabs after they squandered the people's rights and humiliated their dignity and honor," Saddam exhorted. "Burn the land under the feet of the aggressive invaders who harbor evil designs against your people in Iraq. Strike at their interests everywhere. Save Mecca and the tomb of Prophet Mohammed in Medina."

Saddam urged insurgence and militancy all over the volatile gulf region, calling on the "sons of the Strait of Hormuz" -- the people of Oman -- to engage in a "holy war" and prevent foreign fleets from passing into the Persian Gulf.

"To the sons of the Strait of Hormuz, prevent their fleets from passing, you and the faithful men in Ras Khaima and Sharjah {two of the United Arab Emirates}."

Saddam's speech coincided with an acrimonious Arab summit meeting today in Cairo, during which Iraqi and Kuwaiti officials reportedly clashed. Saddam has been angered by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is hosting the summit, and he called on Egyptians to block "the skies of Egypt and the Suez Canal to foreign invaders."

Saddam's rhetoric, reminiscent of the fiery speeches of the late Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser, also coincided with a massive rally of Moslem fundamentalists here in the capital of Jordan, a traditionally moderate Arab monarchy. Saudi speakers at the demonstration accused the Saudi royal family of "serving as puppets and agents" for the United States.

"The volcano of Moslem anger will burn the Americans. All Moslems should strike at Americans everywhere," one fundamentalist leader said. "The adventure of the Americans will not frighten us or shake our determination. God willing, Saudi Arabia will be a graveyard for the Americans."