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James Finch wrote:Hi LSAT Novice,
This question gives us a conditional relationship:
Effective Law (EL) Effective Enforcement Mechanism (EEM),
and the contrapositive,
The stimulus then tells us that police are one form of EEM. It then concludes that because there is no international police force, international law isn't effective, or:
From here, we can see that in order to justify the conclusion, we need to show that lack of a police force leads to a lack of an effective enforcement mechanism, or:
Answer choice (E) provides this missing link in the conditional chain, and is the correct answer.
Answer choice (B) gives us a Mistaken Negation of the conclusion, or:
Hope this clears things up!
I have difficulty identifying conditional relationships when there are no apparent sufficient or necessary indicator words. The last two sentences of this question are conditional, according to the above response. But how do know which part is the sufficient and necessary condition? In this case, the sufficient appears first, but I doubt that is a reliable indicator of how to order these conditional relationships. Thank you for your consideration.