I just want to say, very well said. I enjoyed reading everyones posts and I like this being on the front page :).
I would just like to add (and I state here I've never made a "theory" public before) That I've always seen Min's viewings as written in stone. She doesn't see things around all people and doesn't see everything. What she does see is what will happen. All else is up in the air. When she knows the "meaning" of a viewing that is even more certain. I use the viewing of the sparks and darkness around all our favorite characters as an example. This is a viewing of a group. That she knows represents the fight with the shadow. The fight IS happening and the fight WILL end. The result is that fight is still up in the air so she can't see the end.
More to the point here is that even if the DO can "affect" the pattern it is still the pattern that Min can see, whomever is pulling the strings.
Just my thoughts. :) Again I loved reading all this, and thought I would add my two cents. Thanks for putting it all together I looks like it took some time. :P