Scholars are objecting to this section and saying it distorts the fact that the Romans were the occupying power.
Who was more powerful in Vietnam, the US Army or the NVA? Well, the USA was the occupying power and we're not there anymore. In case you didn't notice there isn't a Roman Empire anymore either. That's because of the difficulty of governing far-flung rebellious provinces. It is exactly because the Roman's were occupiers that Pilate is intimidated. He has to keep order above all and that means pleasing Caiaphis. If there's a rebellion he'll lose his job.