Re: Was DS9 safe?
DS9 wasn't in a war zone for a the first five years of Starfleet's administration of the starbase.
That's five years of civilians comin' to the station, settin' up a place to live & work and make the place a home, which is what Sisko wanted when he convinced Quark to stay in 'Emissary'.
By convinced you mean blackmailed Quark into staying.
On the continent of wild endeavour in the mountains of solace and solitude there stood the citadel of the time lords, the oldest and most mighty race in the universe looking down on the galaxies below sworn never to interfere only to watch.