LONDON -- British leaders made it clear yesterday that they expect their European partners to make a greater contribution to the rapidly escalating costs of war in the Persian Gulf.
Prime Minister John Major suggested in Parliament that the "disparity" of effort among the 12 members of the European Community was so great, it could rein in long-term ambitions for European political union.
Mr. Major also strengthened speculation here that killing Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has become the unstated goal of the allied military campaign.
Sir George Gardiner, a Conservative member of Parliament, asked the prime minister to recognize in the House of Commons that after the "despicable treatment" of allied prisoners of war and "other crimes against humanity," the Iraqi president's "destruction" was now "a legitimate war aim."
Mr. Major responded: "He is a man without pity, and whatever his fate may be, I, for one, will not weep for him."
Officially, the government remains committed only to the fulfillment of United Nations resolutions that call for freeing Kuwait and restoring the legitimate government there.