The Dominion War could have been avoided if the Founders had decided to abandon their imperialist foreign policy.
at Quark's wrote:
Do we actually know for a fact the far side of the wormhole didn't open up in Dominion territory (i.e. do we have a direct canon reference for that )? As far as I know, the area might have been an unregarded backyard of the dominion with an extremely tenuous Dominion presence ...
There are numerous references to the Defiant
setting a course for "Dominion space" or being far away from "Dominion space" when visiting the Gamma Quadrant, and there is no indication that the Dominion ever claimed the GQ terminus of the Wormhole as its territory.