JOHANNESBURG, JAN. 18 -- White South African extremists have sent Iraqi President Saddam Hussein a message expressing support for his side in the Persian Gulf War, denouncing the United States' "imperialistic" intervention and hoping that his "weapons be blessed."

The leader of the white Boerestaat Party, Robert van Tonder, sent the message to Saddam on Wednesday. In it, he compared U.S. actions in the gulf to British intervention here in 1899 to crush two short-lived republics set up by rebellious Afrikaners, or Boers, white settlers of Dutch and French Huguenot origin.

The support for Saddam by this country's die-hard white supremacists and separatists has provided a rare instance when groups such as the Boerestaat Party and hard-line black organizations such as the Pan Africanist Congress, usually deeply at odds with each other, have lined up on the same side of an issue. They not only sympathize with Saddam, but also hail his championing of the Palestinian cause.

"What you are experiencing in your country today, the Boers experienced 92 years ago," van Tonder wrote. "A world power in that time {Britain} sent troops from as far afield as 10,000 kilometers to fight against us Boers and steal our gold deposits.

"Today the world power, the United States, is busy pouring in troops and weapons from as far away as 10,000 kilometers to rob your country of its oil wealth. The Boerestaat Party and the Boer people give their support and solidarity to your struggle against American robber-imperialism.

"May your weapons be blessed."

The leader of another extreme right-wing group, the Orde Boerevolk, echoed von Tonder's sentiments. Coenraad Vermaak compared the Palestinians to the Boers, saying they were voicing "the same demand made by the Boerevolk" in calling for their own homeland.

The slightly more moderate white opposition Conservative Party was highly critical of Pretoria's support for the United States in its effort to dislodge Iraqi troops from occupied Kuwait. The government even offered the United States use of South African facilities. The Conservatives urged South Africa to remain strictly neutral in the war.

Any similarity between Saddam's swallowing up a small neighboring state and the forced incorporation of the two Boer republics by the British into a larger South Africa was ignored in the right-wingers' comments.