What I love about the story is the fact that no one intended the ending that we saw at the end of the book to come about. Different people acting for different reasons, most concerned with ensuring the survival of their own culture (not
the destruction of their enemies), often taking care to try to ensure a minimum of unnecessary complications,ended up interacting at cross-purposes to produce ... well.
Prophets cannot predicted. Beyond the fact that they want Sisko alive.
And I can only imagine the fan rage if it did happen.