The millennium playing field changed dramatically yesterday the moment the first bulldog-stack of Washington Posts hit the sidewalk.

Up to now, most millennium concerns have been computer-based. The 00 problem has been tattooed on our brains like the lyrics to the Pina Colada song. But an FBI report cited in yesterday's Post casts a far more frightening light on the upcoming New Year's party.

The report is named Megiddo, a biblical reference to a battlefield in Israel with millennium connotations. It focuses on the potential for violent acts by extremist groups who equate "millennium" with "apocalypse."

It seems that in the mad rush to achieve Y2K compatibility, the human factor of the millennium equation largely has been ignored. The public -- particularly the traveling public -- now will be forced to confront the reality that there are a lot of people out there who don't see this particular New Year's Eve as a reason to celebrate.

The last thing I ever want to be is anti-travel. But I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm staying home.


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