Could the Dominion War have been avoided?

I always wondered whether that Tulaberry Wine contract was how the Changelings infiltrated the Alpha Quadrant. That they basically rode in on those cargo ships, and started replacing key figures like Martok.

Maybe the changelings were quick-witted enough to send some of their own cloaked ships with Founders and Jem Hadar, and whatever they need to make a Jem Hadar hatching factory through the wormhole at the same time as Leyton's people were making it open and close in Paradise Lost. Hide in plain sight.
 
Maybe the Ferengi could have made a deal with the Dominion to prevent the war... ;)
Why would they? War is good for business.

And the Dominion on the other hand -that is, the Founders- don't seem particularly interested in money or other possessions as ends in themselves. Just in imposing their 'order' on the galaxy and be safe from the 'threat' of the 'chaotic' Solids. So I don't think they could be bribed.
 
Maybe the changelings were quick-witted enough to send some of their own cloaked ships with Founders and Jem Hadar, and whatever they need to make a Jem Hadar hatching factory through the wormhole at the same time as Leyton's people were making it open and close in Paradise Lost
There was no need (and possibility) in any Jem'Hadar presence in the Alpha Quadrant before By Inferno's Light. There were only several infiltrators.
 
There was no need (and possibility) in any Jem'Hadar presence in the Alpha Quadrant before By Inferno's Light. There were only several infiltrators.
But those infiltrators were the spearhead of further Dominion actions in the Alpha Quadrant they would have invaded sooner or later.
 
But those infiltrators were the spearhead of further Dominion actions in the Alpha Quadrant they would have invaded sooner or later.
We don't know what were the exact Dominion plans before Tain tried to launch a preemptive strike. Without it there would have been no fall of Cardassia's military government and therefore no Klingon-Cardassian war and Cardassian accession to the Dominion.

And even after The Die is Cast, had Gowron been not that aggressive to attack Cardassia, the Dominion would have had to wait for a chance to gain a foothold in the AQ for a long time.
 
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We do know from “Accession” (the one where they send the poet Akorem from the past to help “The Sisko” to realize he’s the Emissary) they somehow have the ability to violate causality and can allow paradoxes to exist.
Prophets are not the only mean of time travel so causality is basically non-existent in the Star Trek universe.
Sisko, Kira, and I guess everyone else are able to remember 2 different timelines, the original one where Akorem doesn’t finish his poetry, and a new one where he does. Even though, that shouldn’t be possible.
The exact same thing happens in almost every single case of time travel (e. g. Children of Time which didn't involve the Prophets).

Time travel itself doesn't make things deterministic.
 
We don't know what were the exact Dominion plans before Tain tried to launch a preemptive strike. Without it there would have been no fall of Cardassia's military government and therefore no Klingon-Cardassian war and Cardassian accession to the Dominion.

And even after The Die is Cast, had Gowron been not that aggressive to attack Cardassia, the Dominion would have had to wait for a chance to gain a foothold in the AQ for a long time.
But as we saw in the episode The Adversary, The Dominion had started a full-scale operation to infiltrate the powers of the Alpha Quadrant which could be seen as a first step to a full-scale invasion.

They did actually try to create a wr between the federation and the Tzenkheti Alliance.

The Dominion also infiltrated the Klingons in order to create war between the Klingon Empire and the Cardassian Union.

According to Memory Alpha:
In mid-2371, this changeling replaced General Martok while hunting saber bear along Kang's Summit on Qo'noS. Following his capture, the real Martok was sent to Internment Camp 371. (DS9: "In Purgatory's Shadow") The changeling's mission was to increase hostilities with the Cardassian Union and United Federation of Planets in order to weaken each organization. (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior", "Apocalypse Rising")

In early 2372, the changeling convinced Chancellor Gowron that a recent coup on Cardassia Prime was effected by the Dominion. After leading a fleet to Deep Space 9, the Klingons invaded Cardassian space. The Martok Changeling also attempted to incite conflict between the Federation and the Klingon Empire; to this end, he had Kaybok, one of his commanders, executed for refusing to fire on the USS Defiant.

Martok and Gowron later led the Klingons in an attack on Deep Space 9. He attempted to continue the battle even when the odds turned against the Klingons, but was overruled by Gowron. Nevertheless, the incident led to a year-and-a-half conflict between the Klingon Empire and the Federation in a conflict lasting from 2372 to 2373. (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior").


So when Gowron attacked Cardassia, he actually did it because of the scemes of the changeling who had replaced Martok. Gowron thought that the Cardassian government was infiltrated by changelings, instead it was his own general who was the changeling.
 
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