Here’s my take:

The source code we check into the WebKit repository is there for the 
convenience of the people *contributing* to WebKit, and is need not be the sole 
input when building and packaging WebKit for distribution.

Including ICU sources in a GTK WebKit tarball would not necessarily require 
checking ICU source code into the WebKit repository.

Everything else being equal, adding more files to the WebKit repository does 
make things less convenient for contributors. I would like us to do what we can 
to cut down the files, including things like unused PNG files in the 
LayoutTests directories, any source code that was needed at one time but is not 
needed in practice any more, including source code in the ThirdParty directory.

— Darin
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