I do not care much about the EU.With this in mind these are my replies.
- Alderaan was a miltary target, the main source of munitions for the Rebellion. (The fact that Leia was lying about "having no weapons" is easily proved, since she herself had weapons)
If I have understood well you means that one should never try make an attemtpt to take prisoners even when it may be possible.Alderaan could not certainly go away or fire back to a thing like the death star.If you really believe in this philosophy I can only hope you are not a member of the armed forces or,worse, the police.
- Imperial citizens were allowed to walk around armed and travel (in armed vehicles no less) wherever they want to go. Something you can't do in most countries on earth.
Ian is a smuggler,smugglers are often armed but this does not mean that carrying weapons is legal.We do not know if the blaster turrets of the Millennium Falcon are legal or would cost him the jail if he got caught by an imperial patrol ship.And as I have already said space was probably already patrolled in the Old republic by sector forces,otherwise why did they exist in first place(Naboo starfighters for example)?
- In the Old Republic, Tatooine had rampant slavery and the Hutt crime lords rules openly (they were even treated like celebrities). Under the Empire, the slaves were free and the Hutts forced to live in secluded bunkers in the middle of nowhere. Just how far they had fallen is emphasised by the piddly amound of money Han owed Jabba.
- In the Empire, in someone cuts someone else's arm off in a bar brawl, security is sent to investigate. In the Old Republic, its "Jedi business" and no one does anything about it.
Can you give me any proof that the slaves are free?Can you give me any proof that on Tatooine they do not still keep podraces and Jabba is present as the guest of honour (if he is not the organizer).But even if this is not the case he was not worried by the idea of going around,for a not too urgent problem,in a city filled with stormtroopers.Certainly they did not try to arrest him in his palace,albeit to locate his palace and arrest him would have been a joke for the imperial forces.Keep also in mind that crimelords fear others crimelords and thus tend to live in fortified palaces.It is the same even in the real world.
-Bespin is completely free and autonomous. They can conduct free trade and live as they choose. There is -no- evidence of any Imperial oppression until they begin to harbor known fugitives; Lando even makes a comment to that effect.
- When rogue Imperial officers illegally seize a rebel transport, they are forced to concoct a cover story. The Imperial Starfleet is bound by the rule of law, even if some officers break that law.
Bespin is free but Lando states clearly that the imperial control is a threat
and only the small size of his businness has not awoken the interest of the Empire,yet.
Overall, there is very little evidence that the average Imperial citizen don't enjoy all or more of the rights of the average American citizen.
Try to go in front of the imperial palace at Coruscant with a placard with
"Emperor Palpatine sucks" written on it.
On the other hand, the Rebellion is an organization whose primary goal is to re-establish galactic rule of elitists: the pampered nobility and "Jedi Knights" who are above the law. When Obi-Wan says to Yoda "that boy is our last hope", who do you think the "our" is? Its the Jedi. Obi-Wan and Yoda are simply using Luke as a tool (and a disposable tool at that) to regain the authority of their own kind. Freedom, democracy, and rights have absolutely nothing to do with it. Its a good thing that they died before they could further pollute Luke's mind with they're "I have a high midicolorian count so I can do whatever I want" attitude that created Vader in the first place!
The Sith seems "quite" elitists on their own.We do not know yet if Anakin will be placed under trial by the Jedi for the Tusken massacre,provided that they will have been informed of it.
I do not like the rebel alliance:a bunch of politically correct farmboys who fly over a collection of space trash (the only exception is the X-wing).
But the imperials remain the bad guys.You may like them,as I do,but I would not want to live under them.