Egypt has sought and found accountability for Hosni Mubarak's many crimes ("Life sentence against Egypt's Mubarak caps fall from war hero to convict," June 2). While this is cause for celebration in Egypt, it raises a disturbing contrast with how we handle similar matters in the U.S.

We, too, have a living head of state who committed grave crimes. As president,George W. Bushlaunched a war of aggression based on deceit. Mr. Bush's illegal war inflicted death on hundreds of thousands and injury on millions.

Wars of aggression are the supreme international war crime, as stipulated by U.S. Supreme CourtJustice Robert Jackson when he served as chief American prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals after World War II. Yet Mr. Bush has never been charged, tried or sentenced for his crimes.

Holding a president fully to account is unimaginable here. And be assured, the shameful contrast between U.S. and Egyptian standards of justice assuredly will not be mentioned by anyone anywhere in the major American media.

Why not? Perhaps media figures are afraid to disturb American illusions of superiority and exceptionalism.

How sad and ironic that the dishonor of the world's oldest democracy is illuminated by a small nation that until last month had never even held a free and fair election.

Daniel Fleisher, Baltimore