AMMAN, JORDAN, FEB. 6 -- King Hussein lashed out tonight at the "savage and large-scale war" being waged on "brotherly Iraq" and called on Arabs and Muslims to induce the U.S.-led coalition to accept a cease-fire in the 21-day-old conflict.

"This is a war against all Arabs and Muslims," he said in a televised address that reflected both the mounting pressures on Jordan and popular sentiments among his countrymen, particularly Palestinians, favoring Iraq since its invasion of Kuwait.

Without mentioning President Bush by name, the Jordanian monarch also assailed Bush's claim that the Persian Gulf conflict is a "just war" fought to defend a "new world order."

Hussein said "the talk about a new world order whose early feature is the destruction of Iraq . . . leads us to wonder about the identity of this order and instills in us doubts about its nature."

"Fire rains down upon Iraq from airplanes, from battleships, from submarines and rockets, destroying mosques, churches, schools, museums, hospitals, powdered milk factories, residential areas, Bedouin tents, electricity-generating stations and water networks," Hussein said.

"This bombing started from the first hours and took the form of a war that aims to destroy all the achievements of Iraq and return it to primitive life," he added.

In Washington, Bush immediately rejected Hussein's truce call, saying that "there will be nothing of that nature" until Iraq begins "a credible, unilateral withdrawal" from occupied Kuwait, "and then we'll see what happens."

In an allusion to allied air attacks on trucks carrying oil to Jordan from Iraq and to Saudi Arabia's cutoff of oil to his kingdom, Hussein said: "There are now attempts to deprive us of our basic needs, even oil, as a new form of punishment, and one of the most severe, for no other reason than our principled stand."

Earlier today, at the Jordanian border post of Ruweished, truck drivers braving allied bombing raids to secure Jordan's oil supplies from Iraq said they are acting as a matter of national duty. They portrayed themselves as a special breed of road warriors, determined to soldier on despite their pay of only 155 dinars (about $230) a month and the bombings that have killed some of their colleagues.

"The situation is different now. It is all a matter of serving the homeland, not a matter of money," insisted Rakan Nael, 33. "We depend on God and if something happens, we are not better than those {who died} before us."

Nael said he has four children, but works as "a service to my country under the harshest conditions. Let me assume I am a soldier."

For fellow trucker Faouzi Jamil, 40 and a father of 10, U.S. suspicion that tanker trucks may be concealing military cargo or Scud missiles is an outrage. "Come and see for yourself: where can a missile fit into this thing?" Jamil asked indignantly .

The tanker truck controversy with the United States has inflamed passions here and enhanced a siege mentality as the war rages and the United Nations embargo takes its toll on the Jordanian economy.

The death of at least six of their friends, the severe burning of others and the destruction of more than 30 tanker trucks has not fazed Jordan's hardened drivers.

Ahmed Mahmoud, who told of seeing four truck drivers burn to death when an allied plane strafed them on their way out of Iraq, has contributed a month's wages to Iraq and the Iraqi army.

When Mahmoud's wife and mother hid his passport to keep him from making his latest trip to Iraq, he found it and went against their wishes.

He returned this morning after his truck convoy was hit by bombs in the front and another in the rear that dug a huge crater in the road.

"Thank God we are safe and in spite of everything, we have to keep going," he told a local police officer as he described how he lost three tires and showed bystanders the shrapnel marks in his remaining tires.

"We were all soldiers before, you know," said another driver.

"We want guns to shoot down those planes. Stop our trucks and gun them down," Jamil said, pretending he was pointing a weapon skyward. "If I could only get my hands on Bush. What is our fault in this? Let them go fight at the front."

The United States has asked Saudi Arabia to resume supplying oil to Jordan, but the kingdom, angered by Jordan's public support of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, has refused.